It is natural to put a lot of care and attention to detail into the things we care about, but for some individuals, an emphasis on perfection can have serious negative consequences on their health and well-being. Perfectionism is characterized by a desire for flawlessness and or attaining often unrealistic performance standard in any area of life. ‘Perfectionists’ are highly critical of themselves and often unsatisfied with their results in any number of capacities. If you feel your perfectionistic tendencies are interfering with your everyday life, it may be time to consult with a professional for strategies to overcome the obsessive and exhausting pattern of perfectionism.
Do you or a loved one notice:
- Frequent self-criticism and dissatisfaction with performance others consider good or excellent
- Ruminating over small mistakes you’ve made and an inability to stop thinking about them
- Extreme all or nothing thinking; if it isn’t perfect it isn’t worth anything at all (ex. 90% on an exam is 10% away from perfect)
- Competitiveness or demanding perfection from others
- Difficulty asking others for support or help
- Concern with having all things in their proper order or place
- Highly anxious and self conscious about making errors in front of others
- Procrastination of tasks to excuse ‘less than perfect’ performance
- Spending an excessive amount of time on simple or seemingly insignificant tasks
- Obsession with small details others may not notice
This list outlines some of the traits associated with perfectionism. We are not suggesting that one should not take pride in attending to details and doing the best job that they can, but merely bringing attention to some of the negative consequences that can follow long-term perfectionism such as anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, and depression. Evolution Psychology Center can help you overcome the unhealthy consequences of your perfectionism. Contact us today to make an appointment with a Montreal Psychologist or Therapist at 514-758-7792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.