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Mike McKinney

All or Nothing eBook

Bringing balance to the achievement-oriented personality

Mike McKinney

In this fascinating and empowering book, clinical psychologist Mike McKinney takes an informed look at the often talked about but little understood phenomenon of the ‘all or nothing’ personality: a personality type that is driven to focus on one task or area of life to the exclusion of all else. While often bringing great rewards in terms of career achievement, this approach can commonly lead to other aspects of life being adversely affected and can result in problems such as difficulty maintaining relationships or not having a life outside work. It’s also one of the main causes of burn-out. The author looks at how this personality type can develop (through, for example, a deep fear of failure, a desire to please others, or childhood expectations that you must ‘always do your best’) and, more importantly, he explores how balance can be brought to the all-or-nothing personality, so that its best qualities can be retained while the potential negatives are mitigated, resulting in a more meaningful and rewarding life.



Mike McKinney is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. He has worked in both public (hospital-based) and private practice settings, and over the years has become increasingly intrigued by the potential for an individual’s personality style to enhance or undermine decisions and behaviours in relation to achievement. Mike is married to a psychologist and together they have two teenage boys. His interests include martial arts and classic Japanese motorcycles. Mike lives with his family in Christchurch, New Zealand.

SPECIFICATIONS: ePub/Mobi | 229 x 152 mm | 224 Pages | 

Best Reviews:

CEO Magazine, January 2017

"In this insightful book on behaviour, psychologist and author Mike McKinney Mike McKinney explores in depth the ‘all or nothing’ personality type.  As McKinney points out, there are great rewards to being dedicated to specific areas of life; these people are often high achievers. However, it can cause burnout and to benefit mental and physical health, seeking a more balanced work–life approach is best."

Qantas Magazine, December 2016

All or Nothing author Mike McKinney interviewed by Qantas Magazine.
"Slow burn - There’s a dark side to burning too brightly at work." - Click here to read the author interview in full.

Good Health Magazine, December 2016

"If you are a high achiever with an uncompromising personality, your desire to succeed may be putting you at risk of burning out. Find out how to restore balance to your life".

Hair Biz Magazine, November 2016 

"shows how to bring your ‘A’ game, without burning out yourself or those around you" - Click here to read the 2 page article in full.

My Business, September 2016

"All or Nothing helps curb the perfectionist attitudes that business owners may have in their day-to-day operations. Packed with case studies, reflection exercises and blank sections for you to write your own answers, the book aims to restore some life to the work/life balance of A/N business owners, to make sure their businesses and their wellbeing will thrive for many years to come."

Latest Media:

Elle Magazine, January 2017 

Good Enough Is the New Perfectionism - feature article. Click here to read in full.

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