Perfectionism:  A Practical Guide to Managing "Never Good Enough"

Legacy Award Winner

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The realistic, practical, do-able guide to managing perfectionism.

This is the one-stop shop for managing the perils of Perfectionism. Loaded with practical tips, real-life examples, action steps, and great stories.

Learn how to redefine your relationship with perfectionism, what the research says, and why it's not all bad news..

Change the way you look at perfectionism and set yourself on the path to mastering its effects in your life and the lives of those you care about.


You'll Discover:

Changing Paradigms

Find out how perfectionism isn't the enemy you thought it was. Understand the different faces of perfectionism and how you can turn it into an ally.


Excellent is Good Enough

Discover the strategies you need to turn a struggle into a strength. Learn more about Lisa's famous 1 - 5 technique that works for everyone, not just perfectionists!

Research Made Easy

Benefit from the expertise of psychologists, educators, and researchers in a single volume. The findings of dozens of studies are translated for you into actionable tips.

Why Readers Love It

Readers rave about the stories, the way they can easily and naturally share it with their kids, how it helps parents and teachers strengthen their relationship, the non-stop strategies, and the readability.

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Ready to learn all of the secrets? Ready to find out why it's being called the best thing ever written on perfectionism? Ready to join thousands of readers who say it's helped them take control of perfectionism?

What people are saying:

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The strategies can literally transform lives...

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 author of Making Your Worrier a Warrior

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The perfect resource...

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

ED AMEND  //  Clinical Psychologist and former board member, SENG

Available in both print and ebook formats!

Prefer to read on a device? If you prefer to read an electronic version, the latest edition of Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing "Never Good Enough" is available in both print and ebook formats.

As a special bonus, you can get the digital copy for a vastly reduced price when you purchase the paperback edition.

Gifted Guru Publishing has also enabled lending, so you buy the book and loan it to a friend or family member.

Whatever your preferred way to read or share, we have what you are looking for.



Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows, including Lifetime's Child Genius, and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy. She is the author of the Legacy Award winning book Perfectionism: A Practical Guild to managing "Never Good Enough" and Living Gifted: 52 Tips to Survive and Thrive in Giftedland. A former teacher,  school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website GiftedGuru.com.

More Praise for Perfectionism

Highly readable and engaging...

Lisa Van 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 themselves or others.

Jim Delisle, Ph.D.  //  Author, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired), Kent State University

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Invaluable new insights...

Who better to write a book about perfectionism than a recovering perfectionist? Invaluable new insights on perfectionism...a must -read for parents and teachers struggling to understand young perfectionists.

LISA CONRAD  //  Owner, Gifted Parenting Support, and Moderator of Global #gtchat

Could be life-changing

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.  //  Professor, School of Education, Baylor University

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