Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing “Never Good Enough”

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Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.

For perfectionists of all types, whether children or adults, this practical guide explains myths about perfectionism and provides a new paradigm with practical steps to turn the negative into positive, build resilience, and develop optimism. Goals, perseverance, mindset, and self-talk are emphasized. The author, Lisa Van Gemert, is an educator and widely-known speaker and was Youth and Education Ambassador for Mensa. She understands perfectionism in herself as well as through her work.


ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-45-0
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Praise for

Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing “Never Good Enough”

 Finally, a book on perfectionism that delivers on its promise of managing the “never good enough” lives of those perfectionists we love, live with and teach.  Lisa Gemert’s highly-readable and engaging book marries theory and practice with exquisite clarity, providing sound advice to educators and parents who are dealing with perfectionism in themselves or others.  Her writing style is so comfortable that, as you read her book, you will feel that you are sitting across from Lisa having an important and enjoyable conversation.  Filled with allusions to Greek myths, Winnie the Pooh, psychological research and Leonard Cohen song lyrics, Perfectionism: A practical guide to managing ‘never good enough, does what it set out to do: engages readers in a thoughtful, fun and important discussion of a topic that impacts the lives of many children and adults.

~ James R. Delisle, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education (Retired), Kent State University.  Co-author of When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers and 19 other books.

Packed with practical ideas parents and teachers can readily implement to help those struggling with perfectionism, this book is the PERFECT resource to help adults teach and model happy imperfection.

~ Ed Amend, Psy.D., Clinical psychologist and former Board member, Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted

Who better to write a book about perfectionism than a recovering perfectionist? Lisa Van Gemert is just that person. She offers invaluable new insights on perfectionism as a tendency and not a label which enables smart strategies for those debilitated by its multi-faceted nature and real-life consequences. It is a must-read for parents and teachers struggling to understand the young perfectionists in their lives.

~ Lisa Conrad, Owner, Gifted Parenting Support, and Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT on Twitter.

Lisa Van Gemert is your guide out of Perfectionland! She intimately knows the challenges of perfectionism and gives inspiration and a roadmap for a life filled with joy, while still pursuing your personal best. The stories and strategies in these pages can literally transform lives and allow those you care about to accept who they are and live fully while embracing life’s journey.

~ Dan Peters, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of Summit Center, and author of
Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears and related books.

Van Gemert draws on diverse theories and narratives and offers refreshing insight to our understanding perfectionism. The strategies and models for managing perfectionism in this book could be life-changing.

~ Todd Kettler, Ph.D., College of Education, University of North Texas

This book was a pleasure to read. The examples Lisa used all felt like people I know. Lisa Van Gemert’s examples felt very familiar, which was a tremendous comfort. I wish I had known these strategies in raising my own highly capable children. Her suggestions make good sense for busy parents and teachers who might find that some of the ideas would be useful for themselves. I have already begun using ideas from this book and have recommended it to others. This will be a truly useful addition to my classroom library. Full of commonsense advice for parents and teachers, and a good helping of humor, the logical strategies will be easy to try at home and at school. It reads like a conversation with a wise friend who understands how perfectionists struggle and knows how to translate ideas into action.

~ Jane Hesslein, M.A., Humanities teacher, Seattle Country Day School and former Board member, Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted




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