Perfectionism – What It Is and How It May be Impacting Your Life?
So, does this mean that striving for perfection is a bad thing? Well, not necessarily. In fact, healthy perfectionism is often seen as a positive trait that keeps you motivated and working towards your goals in life. However, this very same trait can turn your life into a never-ending test. To understand how perfectionism may be ruining your peace and happiness and how therapy for perfectionism can help you, first, it is important to understand what it is.
Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Well, while it may seem like a positive trait, most people fail to see how perfectionism may be holding them back from success.
The problem is that perfectionism is also accompanied by critical self-assessing behavior. Moreover, it is important to understand that perfectionism is not the same as trying to be your best. It is a need to be perfect. When that’s not possible, people with perfectionism beat themselves up over the inability to achieve their goal. What they fail to realize is that the goal may be unattainable to begin with! Regardless, critical self-evaluation leads to problems like low self-esteem and even depression.
All in all, the long-term effects of perfectionism can be devastating! However, there’s no need to worry if you think you struggle with perfectionist behavior. With therapy and self-awareness, it is possible to live a fully satisfactory life. This is why therapy for professionals and therapy for high-achievers is a popular way of avoiding the negative aspects of perfectionism. With therapy, you can use this trait to improve your life in a healthy way!
- Self-Oriented Perfectionism: Self-oriented perfectionists expect themselves to be perfect. They will set very high achieving goals for themselves and then be super critical about themselves if they fail to achieve those goals.
- Socially Prescribed Perfectionism: Socially prescribed perfectionists believe that they are expected to be perfect. They are not extremely self-critical, but they believe others will judge them if they are unable to fulfill high achieving goals. These perfectionists have low self- esteem and self-deprecating behavior.
- Overt Perfectionism: Overt perfectionists fear failure more than everything. If they feel they may fail at a job, they will avoid it at all costs. If they don’t perform the job, they can’t fail and stay perfect. They fear failure and crave control.
- Other-Oriented Perfectionism: Being extremely critical of other people’s performance, these types of perfectionists are never fully satisfied with the people around them. They have impossibly high expectations of others and criticize them when they don’t perform accordingly.
- Covert Perfectionism: Covert perfectionists can be hard to identify. They have low expectations of the people around them. Outwardly, they prefer to be average. However, internally they wish to succeed.
If this is ruining your peace of mind and keeping you from leading a happy life, it may be time to seek help. It is also important to understand that your need to be perfect may be the very thing that’s keeping you from achieving success. It’s time you look beyond perfectionism and turn your life around. I can help you learn not only how to deal with perfectionism but also how to use it to your advantage.
Here are some methods that you can learn with me to battle perfectionism.
These are some basic steps that we will explore together to help you get rid of perfectionism. Don’t let the illusion of a perfect life keep you from happiness. Remember, therapy for perfectionism, especially therapy for professionals and therapy for high achievers are highly effective. Don’t lead an unsatisfactory life when you can be truly happy!
It’s time you take control of the situation, find the root cause of your perfectionism, and target the underlying problem. A better life is just around the corner. So, seek help today and allow me to help you lead a life full of love and happiness!