The High Price of Perfectionism

Yuliya I. LaRoe and Marla S. Grant
The cumulative impact of striving for perfection over time increases your chances of developing mental health disorders.

The cumulative impact of striving for perfection over time increases your chances of developing mental health disorders.

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Does this sound familiar? A response to a client you’ve been working on is due today. It’s getting late. You are tired, stressed out, and frustrated. You are feeling the pressure of the approaching deadline. You’ve already poured hours and hours of work into your response and reviewed it more times than you can count. And each time you’ve found something that you wanted to change, improve, or make just a little better. To make it perfect.

Finally, you send it out. But instead of feeling relief, you continue to feel worried and stressed out: “What will the client think? Did I cover everything? What if I missed something?” You are completely drained and exhausted, but can’t seem to stop the thoughts from swirling in your head.

If this scenario repeats itself too often in your life (whether professional or personal), chances are you suffer from perfectionism.

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