Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

If I Had a Hammer

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Who doesn't want to do well or aim high? But you've got to be careful, because you don't want to cross the line into perfectionism. Perfectionism isn't about having high standards—we love those! It's about defining success very narrowly, and failure very broadly, and then punishing yourself harshly for perceived failures. For instance: “If I don't get an A on this test, I'm a huge loser.”
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Ah, the humble coffee bean. Some of us out there agonize over the origin, color, and aroma of every batch of beans we buy, but once they’re smashed to pieces and doused with boiling water? Into the trash, or the compost. What a shame!  


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