The Perfection Deception: Why Trying to Be Perfect Is Sabotaging Your Relationships, Making You Sick, and Holding Your Happiness Hostage
by Jane Bluestein, PhD
Health Communications, Inc.
Available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. You can find it at other fine online and offline book sellers, as well.
Summary of The Perfection Deception:
Jane Bluestein’s book The Perfection Deception is a review of the literature about perfectionism. It provides an in-depth review of how perfectionism shows up in people’s lives and how it causes harm to those same lives. The final chapter provides several suggestions for overcoming perfectionism and accepting yourself as you are.
What I liked about it:
The book is written in a personal style and most of the time is very readable. The information provided is comprehensive, so you’ll be able to identify where perfectionism might be touching your life or the lives of people you know and love. I found many quotable passages and food for thought.
What I didn’t like about it:
The author herself admits that she is a perfectionist and that it often manifested in researching this book a bit more than necessary. And, it shows. Because she quotes many sources in each section, she often ends up repeating the same information in different ways. I found this a touch boring.
I think this book is worth a read, but it might take you awhile as you have to pause to digest a thought and explore how it may be applicable in your own life. And, you’ll have to slog through several areas where information is repeated several times in quotes from various sources. This can be balanced by the usable information and personable style of writing. It depends what you like and can tolerate in books you read.
Rating for The Perfection Deception:
Although there is very good information in this book, its repetitiveness and constant quoting make for slow reading.
Another NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.