Perfectionism is a tendency to strive unrealistically high standards. Perfectionistic people often based their self-worth on achieving these unrelenting standard, and continuing to pursue these goals regardless of the negative consequences and cost. Some typical behaviours of perfectionism may include excessive organising or list making, avoiding situation that may lead to failure, struggling to make decisions in appropriate period of time.
Even though striving for perfection is a very positive goal for people, if perfectionism starts to interrupt your ability to function at home, at school or at work, seeking some professional assistance is generally recommended. Ongoing intrusive perfectionism may lead to severe anxiety and depression in long term, as the ‘failures’ of not reaching unrealistic goals being to pile up.
Seeking assistance from a psychologist can be one of the best ways to help you (or someone you know) to reduce the impact perfectionism is having on their life. Psychologists may use techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you transform perfectionistic tendencies to work on your favour. Why not book in for a free Emotional Health Checkup online, or call 3067 9129 today.