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Today’s “Best of Our Blogs” shows you how perfectionism can sabotage your recovery efforts, why saying “no” is beneficial to your health, how college essays can benefit our students’ mental health, and why every rich kid is not a spoiled troublemaker.

Oh, and if you’re trying to get healthy but hate healthy foods, well, we’ve got something for you, too!

How Perfectionism Can Ruin Your Recovery
(Panic About Anxiety) — Perfectionism tripping you up as you work toward recovering from a panic disorder, social phobia, or any other anxiety-based disorder? Check out how the trying to be perfect has affected Summer Beretsky’s recovery and share your own story about how you work to keep perfectionism from affecting your own.

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise? 5 Myths About Rich Kids
(Parenting Tips) — Contrary to what a lot of celebrity offspring have shown us, not all rich kids are spoiled, use drugs, or have parents who bail them out. Let Debra Manchester MacMannis explain why.

(Mental Health Humor) — Chato B. Stewart’s on a mission to get healthy but, like many of us, isn’t thrilled about some health-food choices, like salads. Take a look at how he overcomes this obstacle to still get his fruits and vegetables and stay on track.

Can Writing the College Essay Have Mental Health Benefits?
(Always Learning) — Summer’s almost over. For college kids, that means class is back in session; for high schoolers — especially seniors — that means getting serious about college applications. Leigh Pretnar Cousins highlights the new college application prompts and shows how they’re designed to get students thinking about their strengths, values, and identities.

The Good Thing About Saying No
(Lessons from the Couch) — “No” is such a bad word for some of us. We’re told “no” if we do something wrong, or if we ask permission for certain things, and when we say “no,” we’re often met with disappointment, sadness, or anger. So, naturally, we try to avoid “no,” but Karisse Callender explains why — sometimes — “no” is exactly what we need to embrace.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 Aug 2013
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Sparks, A. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: August 27, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 28, 2015, from


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