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Is it worth being a perfectionist?

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

Now and then we hear someone say that he is a perfectionist. While it may seem desirable, wanting to make everything perfect has its problems.

Perfectionism can originate in a situation in the past, when, through a misinterpretation, a person adopts the belief that he is not competent. To make up for it, she thinks she has to try harder than the others and make everything perfect so that no one will notice. The strategy works until a challenge arises and two results can happen. If she has doubts about success, she may go into anxiety and, if she has no hope, she may fall into depression. And then, both anxiety and depression can impair performance, reinforcing the old belief.

Therefore, it is more worthwhile to look for less rigid alternatives of behavior.


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