The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are
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Perfectionists are skilled procrastinators
"Many discouraged perfectionists reallyi have difficulties in handling time. They're the expert procrastinators who sometimes do a little bit and they walk away from the task. They seem to be "either or" kind of people. When they're running hot, watch out. They'll trample you getting all that work done. But when they're running cold, it's tough to get them to move at all." p.99
"Procrastinators tend to be stubborn people. The mood has to be just right or they can't possibly hit on all eight cyclinders. Naturally, they have high expectations for their own performance, and this means they often drive themselves wacky with details. They're the ones who stay up until two in the morning looking for the ten cents they're missing in the checking account." p.99
"I recently counseled a man who had not filed his income tax forms for the last four years... This man had a way of lying to himself. The lie was that he was totally dedicated to details and getting things right. But all he was doing was prohibiting himself from enjoying life by always having something hanging over his head." helen, does this sound familiar? Dissertation anyone?
Prescription for Discouraged Perfectionists p.102-108
1. Realise that perfectionism is a deadly enemy, "slow suicide"
Perfectionism can mean being as complete and thorough as you possibly can, which is a typical female approach designed to avoid criticism. "To control your perfectionism, you must recognise your deperate need to be perfect. Not only that, you must recognise the fallacy and futility in this kind of thinking." Give yourself permission to be IMPERFECT today.
2. "I was wrong"
Memorise the sentence and use it, then try "I'm sorry" and "Will you forgive me?" These are particularly hard for perfectionists, but they are a ticket to freedom from the chains of frustration. Use these 9 words and you will learn that it is okay to fail.
3. Don't be so quick to put yourself down
and don't be so quick to react when others criticise you. Perfectionists are sensitive, admit it and cope with it. Realize that time is on your side. It takes time to change ingrained patterns. Do nice things for yourself, you're worth it!
4. Perfectionists often overwhelm themselves with the big picture
They take on too much at once. So work on doing one thing at a time. Finish A before tacking B. Take a hard look at your expectations. Perfectionists are famous for unrealistic expectations and setting goals that are far too high.
5. Become skilled in saying NO
First borns want and need the approval of others. It's very difficult for them to say "No I can't do that" or "No I don't want to do that" If you can't learn to say no to people, you will never be able to say yes to life. There are just too many people who will take advantage and pull you in a dozen different directions to get what they want.
6. Perfectionists are often pessimists
Work on seeing the glass as hallf full, not half empthy. Positive thinking is one of the most powerful psychological forces on earth. Think about and meditate on things you are thankful for. Remind yourself of three good things that happened today. Then think about what can happen during the coming week that will be pleasing and pleasant.
7. First borns often have trouble sharing their thoughts and feelings, even with themselves
Why? Because they fear if they tell someone what they really think (ie admit who they really are) that person will reject them. Change negative self talk to positive self talk.
8. Perfectionists are not known for being forgiving
When insulted or unappreciated, they can nurse grudge for far too long. Do you need to work on your ability to grant forgiveness? For the perfectionist, they key to forgiveness lies in realising that people make mistakes and the world still goes on.
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
My only gripe was how the author kept using his own family as examples for the 'good' traits and not the normal ones.
Sent to akg today. Thanks for sharing ncot.
Sorry for the delay in getting this moving. Thanks for the chance to read it ncot and I'm sorry for not taking it, maybe later in the year?
so it will be a few weeks before it is moving.
Incidently, yesterday I was in a training session and we started off with a glass of water and asked all those present if they were half empty of half full and talked about the consequences of both.
I have tried to PM chocolatemummy, who doesn't appear to exist in the BC database. Shall I pass to caffcaff?
Although there were some good points made in this book I felt that he was rather preachy on the subject, and what really got my goat was the references to a belief in God to get the best out of yourself and your marriage, which I really felt was out of place in a book which was about psychology really. Also, did he need to keep plugging his other books!
AS a teacher it was interesting to match some of the children to their birth order and has made me more aware of this in my own little family too. Food for thought but unfortunately the writing style really irked me!!
Caffcaff has asked to be skipped and so far no reply from beebarf
27.02.07 - Sent on today
Thank you to Nice- Cup-Of Tea for sharing. I will be mailing this to the next reader this afternoon.