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Life is so much more full and satisfying with all of the imperfections.

Growing up in a world where euphemisms like practice makes perfect and were perfection is pitched on every corner is there any question that there is a problem with people feeling like failures for not becoming perfect. Bluestein has done an amazing job of gathering data, analyzing the issue, defining possible causes, and presenting solutions, tactics, and tools sufferers can use to live a life of blissful imperfection. Especially poignant was the section on cultures around the world that incorporate small imperfections in their art work or products to remind them that only God is perfect. I especially liked her story about learning to spin wool and her conclusion that her imperfect yard was interesting, beautiful, and fun. Reminding herself (and us) that she can always buy perfect yarn at the store. Life is so much more full and satisfying with all of the imperfections. They are what make us who we are and we are wonderful. Thomas Law 5 out of 5 stars

Perfectly on point

If you or someone you know is making you crazy, while striving for perfection, this book could be just what the doctor ordered! Jane Bluestein is perfectly on point with this book. A delightful good read for anyone interested in self-discovery and personal enlightenment. Charlene Cheek 5 out of 5 stars

Why Striving to be Perfect is Driving Us All Crazy

Ever since reading this extremely insightful book, I notice how often the term “perfect” is being used in everything from advertising to article titles in the Family Circle Magazine. Author Bluestein does an excellent job of defining how our current culture’s admiration of and striving for perfection has warped our values, our lives and our very souls. Constant anxiety and depression are just some of the results, with people having more choices and resources than ever, yet remaining the unhappiest generation. You will definitely start seeing the world around you much differently after reading The Perfection Deception. Bluestein offers some concrete ways to escape this trap in order to become what she calls your “biggest, baddest self. Dee Long 5 out of 5 stars

It’s a page-turner – part research, part stories, part solutions & tips

Here’s what I love about “The Perfection Deception”

1. It’s about time we looked at hard evidence that shows that our trying to be the best is killing us.
2. Dr. Bluestein’s writing is coherent and smooth
3. She has tons of real-life stories from people all over the US and beyond
4. It’s a great mix of stories and solutions – things you can do to break the cycle of perfectionism
5. She got a lot of people to be VERY open and honest about their own perfectionism. It’s actually kind of shocking how forthright people were, and it makes the book a page-turner!!

Margit Crane 5 out of 5 stars

A book for everyone

I couldn’t put this book down. Jane Bluestein’s background and experience put her in a unique position to help others avoid the problems and barriers created by a constant search for perfection. Research-based and rich in the stories of real people, this book is a must for anyone seeking to stay off the perfection treadmill. As a consultant and author, I spend a lot of time trying to convince teachers that making mistakes ought to be mandatory; mistakes and missteps are part of life, providing us with the feedback we need to change course and work not toward perfection, but in the direction of continuous improvement. Bluestein’s book is a must read for anyone searching for a healthy and stress-free life. Amazon Customer 5 out of 5 stars

Bluestein offers some concrete ways to escape this trap in order to become what she calls your “biggest, baddest self.

Ever since reading this extremely insightful book, I notice how often the term “perfect” is being used in everything from advertising to article titles in the Family Circle Magazine. Author Bluestein does an excellent job of defining how our current culture’s admiration of and striving for perfection has warped our values, our lives and our very souls. Constant anxiety and depression are just some of the results, with people having more choices and resources than ever, yet remaining the unhappiest generation. You will definitely start seeing the world around you much differently after reading The Perfection Deception. Bluestein offers some concrete ways to escape this trap in order to become what she calls your “biggest, baddest self.” Elizabeth Dorssom

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Articles and Interviews

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“The Pitfalls of Perfectionism” by Susan Jacobs in Smart Magazine

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“Perfection Deception” Article in The Society Diaries from an interview with Dr. Jane Bluestein

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How Perfectionism is Sabotaging Your Business.” Article by Ann C. Logue in Entrepreneur Magazine

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“Tips to Combat Perfectionist Tendencies” Article by Caitlin Kerfin in the York Daily Record from an interview with Dr. Jane Bluestein.

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“Beating Perfectionism Podcast hosted by Carma Spence

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