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The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism.

  • Sojourn East 2501 Rudy Lane Louisville, KY, 40207 United States (map)

There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence but sometimes that pursuit seduces us into the unhealthy realms of perfectionism. Our culture surrounds us with images of perfect bodies, perfect houses, perfect cars… We will explore the assets and liabilities of perfectionism, delve into what produces that drive in us, and finally look at ways to find a healthy balance. Ultimately it is an experience of grace that begins to free us from the prison of unhealthy perfectionism. 

Dr. Winter will be covering the following:

• Overcoming Perfectionism

• Fear of failure

• Depression

• Performance anxiety 

• Stress, anxiety and perfectionism

Richard Winter is Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, MO. He trained in Medicine and Psychiatry in England, is a psychotherapist, and was director of the counseling program at Covenant Seminary for 24 years until very recently. He is the author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the midst of Depression (2012), Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfection (2005), and Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment: Rediscovering Passion and Wonder (2002). He has four children and eight grandchildren.

The cost of the workshop is $25 and the first 50 people to sign up will get a free copy of Richard's book: Perfecting Ourselves To Death