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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. Alice D. Domar, Alice Lesch Kelly Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781415945650
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Do you have trouble going to bed at night when there’s a mess in the kitchen? Do you think you would be happier if only you could lose weight, be a better parent, work smarter, reduce stress, exercise more, and make better decisions? You’re not perfect. But guess what? You don’t have to be. All of us struggle with high expectations from time to time. But for many women, the worries can become debilitating–and often, we don’t even know we’re letting unrealistic expectations color our thinking. The good news is, we have the power to break free from the perfectionist trap–and internationally renowned health psychologist, Dr. Alice Domar can show you how.

BE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING PERFECT offers a way out of the self-imposed handcuffs that this thinking brings, providing concrete solutions, practical advice, and action plans that teach you how to: Assess your tendency toward perfectionism in all areas of your life • Set realistic goals • Alleviate the guilt and shame that perfectionism can trigger • Manage your anxiety with clinically proven self-care strategies • Get rid of the unrealistic and damaging expectations that are hurting you–for good! 

BE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING PERFECT is your key to a happier, calmer, and more enjoyable life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starr | 2/20/2014

    " Very well-written, well-researched book on how not to be a perfectionist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/12/2014

    " This was an interesting book. I have a lot of issues with perfectionism, so it definitely applied to me. I liked how the author presented examples of how her solutions would be applied in a variety of situations. Although I don't think it's strong enough to be the *only* book of its kind that I rely on, it will be a valuable tool in my arsenal against perfectionism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Murray | 1/31/2014

    " This book was pretty interesting and I liked the way it was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/23/2014

    " I didn't read this cover to cover, but really liked what I did read. Its started me down a path of rediscovery for myself and my pursuit of happiness and perfection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Beth | 1/16/2014

    " This author made a LOT of sense, and I think some chapters of the book actually helped me. She isn't saying anything original, but she's using real-life examples and interviews from real-life people like me who suffer from perfectionist tendencies. I felt like I was reading my own story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/25/2013

    " In my opinion, this is a good "starter" book about dealing with perfectionism. It does a good job of allowing you to identify the areas of your life where you struggle with perfectionism which is a good place to start if you'd like to free yourself of that pressure. I am a fan of Alice Domar, so I don't think you can go wrong with any of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 12/20/2013

    " I could have written this book! Hehe, but this was a really good reading experience for me. I think this book could really benefit anybody. Now, I must say I did NOT agree with everything she said, but what I did like...was like good medicine ;), and I really needed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/16/2013

    " This book is very benefical it drags on a bit though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/27/2013

    " I failed the quiz at the front of the book. I am not, by its estimation a perfectionist at anything. Being a perfectionist at heart, I couldn't handle this slacker label. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/27/2013

    " This book is very well done! A good resource for those who feel like they have a hard time overcoming the tendency to be perfect and/or right in any category of their life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 11/6/2013

    " While reading this, I thought it was a good book, but it must not have been Earth shattering. It's a year later, and I can't remember much of the advice, and I certainly did not put it into practice. Maybe that's more my fault than the books, though... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 12/28/2012

    " started strong and then fell flat - very repetetive "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/28/2010

    " This book helps to ground me... I read it every year or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Adams | 11/19/2009

    " Thanks for sending this to me, Kristin! It was great - lots of things rang true for me and there were many good suggestions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 9/1/2009

    " A real eye-opener for me. Loved it, learned tons. This is the first self-help book I have read and felt it was worth it's weight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Sullivan | 8/25/2009

    " This book gave me a lot to think about - and feel hopeful about. I will probably return to it more than once for reminders as I try to learn to think more positively and be gentler with myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/1/2009

    " I failed the quiz at the front of the book. I am not, by its estimation a perfectionist at anything. Being a perfectionist at heart, I couldn't handle this slacker label. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/10/2009

    " This book is very benefical it drags on a bit though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/17/2009

    " I didn't read this cover to cover, but really liked what I did read. Its started me down a path of rediscovery for myself and my pursuit of happiness and perfection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/16/2008

    " This book helps to ground me... I read it every year or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/24/2008

    " This book had a lot of great tips for overcoming perfectionist tendencies - however, I think it was meant for people who are just realizing that they're perfectionists. As a professional perfectionist since junior high, some of this was a little elementary for me - but it was still a good read. "

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About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.