The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism
Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem, and Find Balance
A Perfectionism Workbook
If you feel an intense pressure to be perfect, this evidence-based workbook offers real strategies based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you develop a more balanced and healthy perspective.
Do you hold yourself—and perhaps others—to extremely high standards?
Do you criticize yourself for every imperfection or mistake?
Do you ruminate about what you should have done?
Do you diminish your accomplishments and feel “less than” no matter how much you accomplish?
Do you procrastinate certain tasks because you’re afraid you won’t carry them out perfectly?
If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, chances are you’re a perfectionist. And while there’s nothing wrong with hard work and high standards, perfectionism can also take over your life if you let it. So, how can you find balance?
With this workbook, you’ll identify the root causes of your perfectionism and the ways it is negatively impacting your life. Rather than measuring your self-worth by productivity and accomplishments, you’ll learn to exercise self-compassion, and extend that compassion to others. You’ll also learn ways to prioritize the things that really matter to you, without focusing on attaining fixed goals.
Life isn’t perfect, and neither are we. If you’re ready to break free from out-of-control perfectionism and start living a richer, fuller life, this perfectionism workbook will help you get started. Get your copy today!
Praise for The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism
“Perfectionists, procrastinators, and people-pleasers take note. There is a new book available that can change how you live your life! The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism by Sharon Martin is more than a book; it’s a program. If you find yourself caught up in self-criticism and self-judgment, struggling with deadlines, or sabotaging your own success, you will find enormous comfort and guidance in this well-thought-out, highly structured workbook.”
—Jonice Webb, PhD, nationally recognized pioneer in the area of childhood emotional neglect, and best-selling author of Running on Empty and Running on Empty No More
“This workbook redefines what it means to work through your stuff. It’s chock-full of activities that help you really think about what you want to change AND gets you actively moving towards the change you want to see. The workbook takes you from understanding perfectionism to navigating the tough road to recovering from perfectionism to being able to live a life without the guilt and people-pleasing that come from being a perfectionist. And while many workbooks claim to do this, the way Sharon has crafted this workbook shows you step by practical step how to succeed at making this a solid transition. Professionals will love working with this book in their practices, and clients will love working through their perfectionism with such a useful guide.”
—Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, parent coach, and best-selling author of Shame-Proof Parenting
“I’m a big fan of workbooks because they allow the reader to become an active participant in their self-help efforts. Sharon Martin’s contribution to help people fight perfectionism is a fantastic antidote to getting perfectionism’s maladaptive behaviors better under control. Martin offers a direct and no-nonsense look at perfectionism that eschews psychobabble, pulling together techniques in a cohesive and sensible manner. This workbook works well as either an adjunct to psychotherapy, or as a stand-alone guide to those in need of help of silencing the perfectionist in themselves. There’s no better book on the market that offers such practical advice and exercises for someone who wants better control over their perfectionism.”
—John M. Grohol, PsyD, founder and editor-in-chief of PsychCentral.com
“Many people struggle with perfectionism whether it’s in our workplaces, in relationships, or the battle within ourselves. And many books talk about its root causes and how perfectionism affects the human psyche. But rarely do books offer ways to address perfectionism. In The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism, Sharon Martin offers practical, concrete, research-driven ways to let go of struggles like self-criticism, procrastination, people-pleasing, and the need for control. A must-read for anyone whose potential has been hindered by perfectionism.”
—Melvin Varghese, PhD, psychologist, and founder of Selling The Couch
“Perfectionism can be paralyzing, but Sharon Martin gives you a road map to reclaim your life. Sharon expertly guides you to down a path to self-discovery, and arms you with exercises to find mental and emotional freedom. For lifelong high achievers, The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism is a must-have companion that will help you embrace imperfect action and reach your goals with less stress.”
—Melody Wilding, LMSW, peak performance coach, and adjunct professor of human behavior at The City University of New York
“Sharon Martin has been a trusted resource for my clinical work for years. She has a way of breaking down complex topics into understandable explanations, which makes them easier to understand and address. This workbook is no exception. She clearly explains what perfectionism is, how it shows up in our lives, where it comes from, and what we can do to change the perfectionistic behavior, which can be so problematic in our lives. This workbook includes so many effective strategies to help those of us who struggle because of perfectionism, and I plan to use it in my individual work with clients as well as with groups. I highly recommend this book to clinicians and the general public alike.”
—Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, integrative trauma therapist, and host of the Therapy Chat podcast
About the Author
Sharon Martin, MSW, LCSW is an experienced psychotherapist, mental health writer, and recovering perfectionist. In her new perfectionism workbook, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and self-compassion to help you overcome perfectionism by addressing the underlying anxiety, fear of not being good enough, and feelings of inadequacy. The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism is full of practical exercises — many of the same strategies that Sharon uses with her own clients to help them reclaim their self-worth and finally let go of the constant need to achieve. Sharon writes the popular blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and maintains a private practice in San Jose, CA.