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Better than Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo

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CHAPTER 9

E: Eliminate Extremes

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

—OSCAR WILDE

PERFECTIONIST THINKING IS based on extremes, such as viewing people, events, or circumstances in an all-or-nothing fashion. This component of perfectionism is shared by so many of us that we don’t even realize how influential extreme thinking is. One of the best examples of this type of thinking comes every year on January 1.

“I’m giving up all chocolate, chips, and dessert. No more fast food. No alcohol. And I’m going to start going to the gym every day.”

So Annie informed me the first time she called me to set up an appointment. It was December 22, and we were scheduling our first session for right after the New Year. Like over 150 million Americans, ...

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