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(p. 73) Adaptation Phase Goal 3 

(p. 73) Adaptation Phase Goal 3
(p. 73) Adaptation Phase Goal 3

Kari M. Eddington

, Timothy J. Strauman

, Angela Z. Vieth

, and Gregory G. Kolden

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date: 25 January 2021

Chapter 9, which addresses the module 3 goal of the adaptation phase of self-system therapy, focuses on managing perfectionism. Many people with depression have standards that are unrealistically high, and they become very self-critical and fear rejection when extreme standards cannot be met. Perfectionists often are willing to cut others some slack but may be reluctant to lower their own standards. The therapist works with clients to take a realistic view of perfectionistic goals and standards and explore more moderate alternatives. Because perfectionism can be compartmentalized, the first step is to identify the areas in clients’ lives that are affected. Worksheets are provided to encourage careful consideration of the costs and benefits of holding on to personal standards that may be too high.

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