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The Pitfalls Of Perfectionism

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Who’s on the podcast?

In this episode Jo speaks to Josephine Hughes, a Counsellor in private practice based in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex. Together with her private practice Josephine has developed her ‘Good Enough Mum’ work to support women who struggle to feel ‘good enough’, not just in their parenting but in their lives generally.

Josephine also manages a Facebook group called ‘Good Enough Counsellors’, which developed out of her Good Enough Mum work. More details can be found below.

What’s the topic?

Do you feel that things in your life need to be ‘perfect’? Do you feel the need to be the top-performing employee, an exceptional parent, or to get A-grades in all your exams? What might it be like if you didn’t achieve these things? What would that mean for you?

As much as we might strive to be perfect this isn’t really a concept that can be defined. In fact, perfectionism can leave us tied up in mental and emotional knots, and take away our enjoyment and appreciation of the ‘here and now’.

During the podcast, we reference two books by Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. Also, here is a link to the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver which Josephine talks about.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What Perfectionism is and the ways it might manifest
  • Josephine’s own experiences of trying to be ‘perfect’
  • How people can let go of perfectionism and begin to embrace their vulnerability and fallibility as human beings

Contact Josephine

If you’d like to find out more about Josephine’s private counselling practice then check out her Facebook page, or you can visit her website Talk2Jo.

Josephine’s Facebook page for The Good Enough Mum can be found here and you can also visit her website.

If you’re a counsellor and want to check out Josephine’s Good Enough Counsellors Facebook group then click here.

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