Praise for The Perfectionist’s Handbook

The Perfectionist’s Handbook is an excellent resource for the reader who is either interested in acquiring a state of the art understanding of their perfectionism and/or wants to develop methods to better handle it. Packed with exceptionally valuable information, the book has many engaging, real life case examples that demonstrate the challenges of coping with unhealthy perfectionism while also offering proven strategies designed to more effectively manage them.

It’s especially noteworthy that the author avoids the “dare to be mediocre,” and “all perfectionism is bad” traps sometimes seen in less scientifically based perfectionism references. Instead, he offers the reader both research supported and user-friendly techniques that can enhance productivity without compromising the pursuit of excellence. On this score The Perfectionist’s Handbook is an obvious example of how the author, Dr. Jeff Szymanski practices what he preaches.

Philip G. Levendusky, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Senior Vice President for Business Development and Marketing, McLean Hospital
Director of Psychology Department and Psychology Training

Dr. Szymanski has produced a masterpiece that will be useful to those in business, individuals struggling with psychological disorders, as well as clinicians. This book will enhance understanding and treatment of perfectionism as Dr. Szymanski presents innovative ways to manage sometimes paralyzing perfectionism.

This is the perfect book for those who struggle with perfectionism. Dr. Szymanski begins by clearly outlining the features of perfectionism then describes the various ways to manage tendencies that get in the way of a perfectionist’s life. He presents some of his personal struggles with perfectionism and lets the reader know how he managed them to achieve success. After reading this book, readers will have new ways of managing their perfectionism in order to get tasks completed.

Dr. Szymanski is a master clinician and has served as the chief psychologist at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital and is now the Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Szymanski obviously has vast experience working with OCD patients and particularly those with perfectionism issues, and he has effectively captured what he has learned providing the reader with creative and useful strategies that we can all use.

Michael A. Jenike, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital

This handbook weaves a self described perfectionist’s personal story with insights from clinical experience. It is the “perfect” formula for education and action.

Paul Hammerness, MD
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Author, Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

Jeff Szymanski helps readers determine when “good” is good enough. Whatever your area of effort, you will be more creative and productive by learning the art of Adaptive Perfectionism!

Shelley Carson, PhD
Harvard University Department of Psychology
Author, Your Creative Brain