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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, Alice Kelly Narrator: Alice D. Domar Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9780739358221
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Reading Be Happy Without Being Perfect allows women to exhale-- finally. We women are so tough on ourselves, that it takes a masterful advisor to get us to step back and think about changing our daily thoughts as well as our habits. Reading this book is like having a truly close friend, who you trust, and who just happens to be a psychologist, nutritionist and coach. The book is wise, humane, and it goes down easy. I enjoyed reading it- what's more, I have zeroxed a few of the pages and put them up in strategic zones ( bathroom mirror, refrigerator door). There is something in this book for just about every woman I know.
    —Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of sociology, University of Washington and author of Prime: Adventures and Advice about Love and Sex and the Sensual Years

    “We strive for perfection in everything we do…Work, the kids, the meals, and trying to be the dutiful spouse. But where does happiness fit into that equation? Not to worry. Dr. Ali Domar tackles all the misconceptions (and misplaced pressures) and gets you back on the right track. Be Happy Without Being Perfect gives you permission to be you, to be good enough, and find happiness along the way. It’s a must for each and every one of us.
    Nancy Snyderman, M.D., chief medical editor NBC News
  • In her  work as a psychologist, Domar (Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's  Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility ) found  that many of her clients felt overwhelmed, depressed, and out of control in  trying to live up to the media's depictions of women as perfect mothers,  spouses, hostesses, and decision makers. Together with fitness writer Kelly,  Domar here shows that perfectionism has been an issue for American women since colonial times, long before Martha Stewart made the scene. In her survey of  more than 50 women whose observations and advice appear throughout the text,  Domar identifies six areas of perfectionism: health and personal appearance,  housekeeping, work, relationships, parenting, and decision making. In each of  these areas, she demonstrates how the technique of cognitive restructuring, or  "retraining your brain," can be used to reframe common distortions in thinking  and result in realistic expectations and happier lives. Many women will  recognize themselves in the descriptions given by Domar and her respondents,  and even nonperfectionists can benefit from her advice on decision making and  coping with everyday stressors (e.g., journaling, meditation). Recommended for self-help and women's health collections in public libraries. Library Journal
  • ..A wonderful antidote for the anxious, depressed woman for whom no level of achievement seems to be enough. Doctor Domar fills her easy-to-read book with real life examples from her own practice and offers sold, innovative advice for dealing with unreasonable expectations of life and of self. Marianne J. Legato, M.D., founder and director, Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine

    "Finally the message all women need to hear. It is time to stop beating yourself up and read Be Happy Without Being Perfect. It will save your life!
  • Smartly written, greatly insightful...there's not a woman I know who wouldn't benefit from reading this book. Take in its lessons and you will find a deeper level of contentment and satisfaction in each day. This is essential reading for every woman. Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., associate professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University and author of the bestselling Strong Women book series.
  • “Giving up perfect sets women on the road to true and sustainable health. If you feel trapped in any way by the need to have a perfect body, a perfect house, or perfect life on any level–you need this book. Now! Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
  • Perfection is the enemy of happiness. Dr. Domar teaches us to be more accepting of ourselves so we don't live in fear of failure. Mehmet Oz, M.D.,  professor of surgery, New York-Presbyterian  Hospital/Columbia Medical Center  

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NTE | 2/9/2014

    " Easier said then done. As usual. But actually, for a self-help book, this was pretty interesting. The research on perfectionism, and how it usually backfires was eye-opening, for sure. Of course, that doesn't mean I've been able to stop being a perfectionist, but there were some strategies in here that were worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/5/2014

    " A helpful,invitingly written book which gives really usable strategies both for recognizing destructive, unrealistic perfectionistic behavior and for overcoming those aspects that are having a negative impact on you, your work, home, relationships, and decision-making. Aimed stronly at women, but the same principles would apply to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/19/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 10/25/2013

    " Since I am one of those people that has a sign in my kitchen that says: "Save Time, do it my way" I must have the perception of trying to be perfect. Their is an assessment in the first part of th book to take and determine you level of perfectionism. I was only a 3 of possible 5. Here is the description: I expect perfection in some, but not all, areas of my life. I occasionally get sidetracked by unreasonably high expectations. Have strong ideas about the "right" way to do things but able to be realistic and flexible sometimes. I would say that is pretty accurate. I do feel that I have learned with age I do not need to be perfect in everything and try to concentrate on my natural talents. The subtitle to this book is : how to worry less and enjoy life more--haven't figured out how to worry less . . . yet! Still working on that piece. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/24/2013

    " 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 Chelsea Murray | 5/7/2013

    " 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 Heather Sullivan | 5/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/2/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 9/30/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 9/21/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 10/26/2011

    " started strong and then fell flat - very repetetive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 11/6/2009

    " 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 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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