Welcome to the Media Room

Thank you for visiting the Perfection Paradox Media Room. Your time is valuable, so I won’t waste it – My goal is to make your job easier.  That’s why I’ve created this online media room.  Hopefully you’ll find everything you need here, but if not, please contact me and let me know what else you may need so we can provide it for you.

—Jeffrey A. Kramer

Here’s what you’ll find below:

  1. Sample Interview Questions/Topics
  2. Facts and statistics about Perfectionism
  3. A summary of the book
  4. About the author

Sample Interview Questions/Topics

Let me help you impress your audience, even if you haven’t read the book.

Here are some sample questions and topics you can choose from for our conversation.

 

  • In 90 seconds, what is The Perfection Paradox about?
  • Why did you write this book?
  • You talk about perfectionism being a form of addiction—why do you believe this?
  • You describe a 3-part framework for overcoming perfectionism in the subtitle, what exactly does it mean?
  • The book quickly dives into a hard-hitting expose’ of perfectionists, mentioning how difficult you make even the simplest of things. Tell me more about this.
  • September 23, 2014. Explain why that date is so important to you.
  • When you discuss perfectionism and fear, you mention failure and success equally. Why is that?
  • You talk about perfectionism being a personality trait, and its relationship to personality profiles and career choice. Can you expand on that for me?
  • Why do you believe social media contributes to perfectionistic tendencies?
  • The brief story of your experience writing the book really demonstrated your struggle with perfectionism. Can you share a little more about the experience?
  • What is the cost for people who stay paralyzed by their perfectionism?
  • Is perfectionism ever good?
  • Tell me about your 7 steps to confronting perfectionism.
  • You created a Perfection Profile Assessment—how does it tell someone how much of a perfectionist they are?

Facts and Statistics About Perfectionism

  • Perfectionism generally falls into one of two categories:
    • Adaptive – achievement-oriented, viewed as positive perfectionism, common in creatives (inventors, performers and disruptors).
    • Maladaptive – failure-oriented, driven by fear, procrastination, rigidity, and unworthiness.
  • Three basic forms of perfectionism (referred to as multidimensional perfectionism scales) as identified by Canadian professors Gordon Flett and Paul Hewitt:
    • Self-Oriented (we impose unrealistic standards & expectations on ourselves).
    • Other-Oriented (we impose unrealistic standards & expectations on others).
    • Socially-Prescribed (we believe unrealistic standards & expectations are imposed on ourselves by others).
  • A study by Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill shows that in the past 3 to 4 decades all forms of perfectionism have measurably increased among our young people by 10 to 33 percent.
  • A National Institute of Health study found that over 50% of people (70% of young people) who died by suicide were described as “perfectionists.”
  • A variety of studies have suggested that perfectionism may be up to 25% heritage based, but are more heavily influenced by environmental factors (Family dynamic, academic or athletic pressure, societal influences)
  • Perfectionism has been linked in multiple studies to health issues including chronic headaches, fatigue, insomnia, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and even suicidal tendencies.

Summary of The Perfection Paradox

Perfection. It doesn’t get any better than that. Or does it?

We pursue it, we expect it, we impose it, but it never quite happens. Instead, our pursuit of perfection does more damage than good. To our confidence, to our relationships, and to our capacity for a fulfilling life.  But we keep seeking it.

In The Perfection Paradox, Jeffrey A. Kramer reveals his struggle with perfectionism through impactful and relatable stories, sharing simple but powerful tips to help perfectionists everywhere overcome their addiction to ideal and reclaim the life they deserve.

Part 1: Perfection – The Making of the Addict

The pursuit of perfection.  It sounds appealing, after all, what is better than perfect.  So why not get after it.  For some it’s self-imposed because we have a burning desire to be great, or perhaps we are just wired that way.  Others might feel pressured by our parents, teachers or other authority figures who tell us that our effort isn’t good enough, that we need to try harder.  And for some the pressures are societal, trying to live up to the expectations of others based on what we see and hear around us.  No matter what or who drives us to perfectionism, the earlier we begin the pursuit, and the harder we drive it, the stronger our addiction becomes.

Part 2: Paralysis – Life Inside the Paradox

The addiction starts out as a seemingly innocent desire to do great things. The perfectionist believes they are doing amazing work, that they are continuously approaching the perfect everything! Then reality sets in. Maybe our constant pursuit begins to create frustration, feelings of inadequacy, and then the need to cover for ourselves with a mask of perfection illusion. Or in some cases, our expectation of perfection from others causes us to ruin relationships and miss opportunities. The addiction even causes some of us to fall into other psychological disorders like obsessive/compulsive behaviors or attention difficulties. The paradox is revealed as we discover the damage that our pursuit of perfection delivers into our lives.

Part 3: Progress – Getting to Good Enough

In addiction recovery programs the professionals say the first step is acknowledging you have a problem.  For perfectionists it isn’t so much acknowledgement of a problem as it is realization of what we have unwittingly done to ourselves and others.  There is no 12-step program or in-patient recovery center for perfectionists.  We have to find other ways to control our demon. Only when we admit the cause of our addiction, the results we have realized, and the ways we have covered for our self-perceived shortcomings, can the struggle of undoing allow us to progress from perfect, to good enough.

Meet the Author - Jeffrey A. Kramer

Jeffrey A. Kramer is an author, coach and speaker who spent nearly 35 years building better communities as an award-winning engineer and construction manager for government agencies. He spent every one of those years as an obsessive perfectionist, paralyzed by the idea that he wasn’t good enough, aggravating others with impossible expectations, and compensating for a fear of being exposed as an imposter by overachieving, collecting credentials, and moving on before anyone could find him out.

Now a recovering perfectionist who has overcome his addiction to ideal, Jeff founded Ascension Leadership Group to follow his passion to focus on building people by helping them Clarify their Calling, Overcome their Obstacles, and Define their Direction so they become Perfectly Unhackable and are encouraged, equipped and empowered to become Ascending Leaders and reach new heights of success.

Jeff is a certified leadership development and personal growth coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell and Igniting Souls Teams.  He is also a licensed Empowerment Mentoring Facilitator, and a certified Human Behavior Consultant able to administer and debrief the DISC and Maxwell Leadership Assessments.

An amateur photographer, avid reader, and former athlete who unapologetically cries tears of joy when the national anthem plays during the Olympic games, Jeff and his wife Sharon live in Arizona, where they share four amazing daughters and a love of the desert southwest. 

Jeff has pledged to donate 10% of all profits from sales of The Perfection Paradox to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

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