The Monkey Mind Workout for Perfectionism
Break Free from Anxiety and Build Self-Compassion in 30 Days!
by Jennifer Shannon
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Pub Date 23 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2021
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
A 30-day cognitive workout to help you cultivate self-acceptance, resilience, and the "mental muscle" needed to thrive in an imperfect world!
Do you hold yourself-and others-to unrealistically high standards? Are you afraid of making mistakes? Do you live for to-do lists and deadlines, and yearn for flawlessness? You aren't alone. In our competitive, high-pressure world, it's natural to strive for excellence. But over time, these perfectionistic tendencies can feed the internal anxious "chatter" known as your "monkey mind." So, how can you quiet the monkey and stop feeling like you need to be perfect all the time?
In this illustrated guide, psychologist and anxiety expert Jennifer Shannon will show you how to break free from the monkey mindset that drives your perfectionism and set realistic goals; unleash creativity, joy, and productivity; and foster self-compassion and compassion for others. Most importantly, you'll learn how to give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, leading to a fuller and more meaningful life.
Our monkey minds are hardwired for survival. They depend on the approval of others and the need to fit in and be accepted by the "tribe." But monkey minds can also get in the way of reaching our full potential. If you're ready to welcome imperfection and start taking risks, give this workout a try!
“This fun and engaging book includes thirty practical exercises designed to change the thoughts and behaviors that keep perfectionism alive. The strategies in this highly accessible guide are rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): a well-researched, effective approach for dealing with perfectionism. If perfectionism is a problem for you or someone you care about, I highly recommend checking out The Monkey Mind Workout for Perfectionism.”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Canada; and coauthor of When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough and The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook
“Jennifer Shannon is back with thirty exercises to tame your inner perfectionist! From setting realistic goals and expectations to jump-starting those tasks you dread, she offers specific, concrete exercises with which you can compassionately rein in those habits of compulsive perfectionism.”
—Dave Carbonell, PhD, “coach” at www.anxietycoach.com; and author of Panic Attacks Workbook, The Worry Trick, and Fear of Flying Workbook