What’s stopping you?
What are you afraid of?
What is the source of all this pain?
–The Author

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Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.
— Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living)



There are many routes to depression such as genetics, imbalance in brain chemistry, poor nutrition, drugs and stressful life events. This book deals with Perfectionism and how that psychological condition (can or would) lead to depression, general unhappiness in life and quite possibly suicide.

There are three main sections of this book:

  • In the Midst of it All (Aftermath)
    This section will detail ideas and observations around behaviours after I had fallen into depression.
  • The Fall (Downward Spiral)
    This section will delve into the scenarios that would lead someone to crash and fall into depression.
  • Climbing Back to Recovery (Reality)
    This section will discuss the long journey of recovery and give some suggested ways to help you deal with perfectionism.

Learn more about the Perfectionism Book Project  here.

Overcoming PerfectionismThis is the “Introduction” Chapter from Overcoming Perfectionism: Defeat Depression & Embrace Mindfulness by Gerald Pappas. Copyright Gerald Pappas © 2015. All rights reserved.

Available for purchase at Amazon on Kindle or paperback.

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