Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control

  • 6h 8m 4s
  • Pavel Somov, PhD
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2022

While there's no doubt that setting high standards for yourself is a good thing, you've probably already noticed that perfectionism can come at a high price. And when you take steps to try to change, it's easy to be too hard on yourself and fall into the same traps that keep you feeling stressed and disappointed. This book presents a revolutionary approach to overcoming perfectionism—a way to transform your need for precision into self-acceptance, compassion, and love for each perfectly imperfect passing moment in our lives.

In Present Perfect, you'll use the Buddhist psychology of mindfulness to learn to accept the present moment in all of its ordinary perfection. This book is filled with over 150 exercises and meditations that you can practice to become more flexible toward yourself and others without losing your love of a job well done. With this compassionate approach, you'll soon be able not only to accept life as it is, but also become more accepting and forgiving of yourself and others.

About the Author

Pavel Somov, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After serving in the Soviet military and completing his undergraduate degree at Moscow State Pedagogical University, he immigrated to the United States to pursue a career in psychology. He received his doctorate from State University of New York at Buffalo. Somov is author of Eating the Moment, Present Perfect, Smoke Break and The Lotus Effect.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - 360° of Perfectionism
  • Chapter 2 - Broadening the Meaning of Perfection
  • Chapter 3 - Perfectly Imperfect: From Dualities and Dichotomies to Suchness
  • Chapter 4 - Completely Incomplete: A Process View of Perfection
  • Chapter 5 - The Rehabilitation of Conscious Choice
  • Chapter 6 - Finding Perfection in a Mistake
  • Chapter 7 - From Guilt to Regret: Rediscovering Motivational Innocence
  • Chapter 8 - From Resentment and Reluctance to Renewed Enthusiasm
  • Chapter 9 - From Self-Esteem to Self-Acceptance
  • Chapter 10 - Breaking Away from the Mirror: Dis-Identification and Re-Identification
  • Chapter 11 - From Here to Here: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Time
  • Chapter 12 - From Outcome to Process: In Search of Perfect Performance
  • Chapter 13 - Embracing the Uncertainty of The Future
  • Chapter 14 - Beyond Certainty: Cultivating the Don’T-Know Mind
  • Chapter 15 - From Social Vacuum to Compassionate Coexistence