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Books by Ann W. Smith (Most books can be ordered through Amazon.com Simply click on yhr title to order.) Overcoming Perfectionism, Revised & Updated: Finding the Key to Balance and Self-Acceptance [Paperback] by Ann W. Smith Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Practice makes perfect. Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. Failure is not an option. In today's perfection-obsessed culture, these are the maxims we live by. Yet, the damage that they cause is stifling. Renowned author and pioneer of codependency treatment Ann W. Smith knows this first hand. Smith has dealt with her fair share of perfectionism and has bared witness to this all too common phenomenon in her professional life, having spent the last thirty years studying the impact compulsive disorders have on individuals and family. While perfectionism lacks much of the stigma attached to today's most common compulsions—smoking, gambling, sex addiction, alcoholism, and drug abuse—many of the negative connotations on self and the family system are the same. In this revised and updated edition of the original, groundbreaking book Overcoming Perfectionism: The Key to a Balanced Recovery, Smith describes the key differences between overt and covert perfectionism; the role early attachment, temperament, sibling relationships, and life circumstances play in developing this pattern; and how to shift toward a center of balance for a more fulfilling life. Readers will learn how to identify and confront the root cause of their problem, how to reveal and accept their essence, and finally, they will learn the importance of forgiveness and letting go. Additionally, readers discover the key characteristics of a healthy family system, along with the single most important lesson of all—perfection does not exist. Overcoming Perfectionism: The Key to a Balanced Recovery by Ann W. Smith Perfectionism can be an obstacle to quality living, even when it appears to produce significant rewards. For those struggling with issues such as intimacy, control, letting go, relaxing and enjoying life, this book offers practical guidance about "living in the middle." Grandchildren of Alcoholics: Another Generation of Co- dependency (out of print, e-Book only available on CD or download on-line) by Ann W. Smith Family pain can pass through generations, from grandparent, to child, to grandchild, in sometimes invisible ways. The "Looking Good Family" is a concept Ann Smith has developed to describe what happens when dysfunction goes underground, and issues such as Alcoholism skip a generation. Things are not always what they seem and dysfunction can reappear in a new form despite efforts to bury it.
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