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9 Signs You're A Perfectionist
« on: June 26, 2017, 11:21:06 AM »
9 Signs You're A Perfectionist (And That's Not A Good Thing)

“I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” Phrases like that are often a bit of a humble brag said by individuals who insist that although their pursuit of excellence can be a bit of a drag, it’s also a badge of honor.

And while the drive excellence can be the key to success — elite athletes, groundbreaking researchers, and successful leaders need to have high expectations — being a perfectionist will hold you back from reaching your greatest potential.

Here are nine warning signs that your perfectionist tendencies are doing more harm than good:

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1. You Expect Perfection From Everyone

Perfectionists don’t just expect a flawless performance from themselves, they also have unrealistic expectations of everyone. They have little patience for people who don’t meet their standards. They are critical of those around them and consequently, their relationships suffer.

2. You Struggle To Complete Tasks In A Timely Manner

People with a healthy drive complete tasks efficiently. But perfectionists struggle to get anything done. They may re-write an email a dozen times to make sure it’s perfect or they might never consider their proposal good enough to actually be pitched. They may miss important deadlines because they don’t think their work is good enough to be considered done.

3. You View Mistakes As Proof You're Inadequate

Perfectionists don’t consider mistakes to be learning opportunities. Instead, they think each mistake they make is proof that they’re not good enough. They speak to themselves with harsh criticism and even the most minor blunders leave them feeling defeated.

4. You Invest A Lot Of Energy Into Masking Your Flaws

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Perfectionists fear they’ll be judged harshly for their flaws. In an effort to escape that judgment, they try to keep up the appearance of perfection. And many of them have mastered the ability to convince other people everything is “just perfect” even when they feel like everything is falling apart.

5. You Avoid Doing Things That May Cause You To Fail

Perfectionists are more concerned with showing off their current skills, rather than learning new ones. They choose less challenging activities where success is almost guaranteed, over new tasks with a steep learning curve. They are resistant to trying new things because fear they won’t be able to master the skills necessary for success.

6. You Can't Celebrate Your Success

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Perfectionists don’t feel comfortable declaring victory, no matter how successful they’ve become. Rather than acknowledge their talent, they may chalk up their achievements to luck. At other times, they continue to criticize themselves by saying things like, "I should have reached my goal faster," or "If I were smarter I wouldn't have had to work so hard."

7. Your Self-Worth Depends On Your Achievement

Perfectionists only feel good about themselves when they accomplish something new or achieve something big. One little setback, minor mistake, or small rejection can send them into a tailspin because they feel as though they aren’t measuring up in life.

8. Your Quest For Perfection Causes Your Mental Health To Deteriorate

Trying to reach unrealistic levels of success takes a toll on perfectionists’ mental health. Researchers have linked perfectionism to anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and depression. Several studies have even identified perfectionism as a risk factor for suicide.

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9. You Aren't Satisfied With Your Life

The constant fear of failure prevents perfectionists from feeling truly satisfied with their lives. Research shows that perfectionists often do well in low-stress environments. But clearly, it’s impossible to create a life free of challenges. And everyday hassles and stressful life events can take a serious toll on their life satisfaction.

How To Overcome Perfectionism

For minor cases of perfectionism, becoming aware of the problem can be a good start to overcoming it. Challenge yourself to establish more realistic expectations of yourself and accept that mistakes and failure are often part of the process.

Although perfectionism isn’t yet a mental health diagnosis, it can be treated by a mental health professional. Talk therapy can help you train your brain to think differently so you can build the mental muscle you need to reach your greatest potential — flaws and all. So if perfectionism is getting in the way of living your best life, don’t hesitate to seek help.

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