- A drive toward perfectionism--feeling that nothing short of perfection in all aspects
of life is required for success.
- The increasing demands in the lives of high-achieving women. So they are often
expected to do it all--handle a stressful job, maintain a committed relationship,
bear children, and assume primary responsibility for the care of home and family.
- Limited or no resources or support.
- Technological innovations, such as BlackBerries and laptops, that have made it seem
as if they're on the job 24/7.
To counter the negative repercussions of achieving success, the author prescribes ways for high-octane women to refuel themselves. She emphasizes that women who thrive on challenges can't be asked to just slow down or enroll in a yoga class. Instead, she offers creative ways for women to find balance and rediscover joy in their lives. She charts a course that will enable these accomplished women to remain actively engaged in their professional and family lives, and to once again enjoy their lives more than ever.
- ISBN-13: 9781616142209
- ISBN-10: 1616142200
- Publisher: Prometheus Books
- Publish Date: November 2010
- Page Count: 226
- Dimensions: 8.97 x 6.07 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-04-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Carter, a nationally recognized psychologist specializing in extreme stress in women, addresses the pressures highly competitive positions exert on women. Although women hold more than half of the management and professional positions in the U.S., burnout is high. Carter examines the multiple causes for stress, including double standards, gender discrimination, psychological abuse, jobs with 24-hour technology demands, and lack of support at home. Recognizing that normal de-stressors such as exercise and meditation aren't sufficient, Carter proposes her own solutions that will enable women to revitalize themselves. Such solutions could be scheduling uninterrupted time, knowing one's personality, setting boundaries in commitments, or being realistic in expectations of others. Carter (Justice For All: Challenges of the Mentally Ill in the Legal System) also offers suggestions for social support, danger signals for stress trigger points, and guidelines for societal and corporate changes. This is a practical, useful guide; hopefully, corporate women won't be too stressed out to read it. (Nov.)