Perfectionism is like a superhero costume hanging on a hanger in the farthest corner of the closet. While it looks good, it’s uncomfortable, heavy, and doesn’t allow freedom of movement.
Unfortunately, there are still many people who are dazzled by its beauty and carry the costume like a heavy burden on their shoulders. Are you one of them?
What thoughts come to mind when you think of perfectionism? Striving for flawless performance or ideal appearance is a phenomenon that has been studied in psychology for decades.
Although perfectionism may seem positive at first glance, it can lead to a number of problems that can affect mental well-being, performance, and social life.
Perfectionists set very high standards and expect themselves to always work at the highest level. When they don’t meet their high standards, which they often do, they feel inadequate, disappointed, and dissatisfied. The result is a negative self-image and low self-esteem.
One of the most famous studies on perfectionism is Slade’s study
Another problem with perfectionism is the fear of failure and negative feedback. If you’re a perfectionist, you probably know the fear of failing at an important project or task. This causes you to spend a very long time working on a task to ensure that it is executed perfectly. However, you run the risk of not completing important projects on time or even giving up completely due to being overwhelmed. Due to the high demands, you often feel under pressure. Not true? In the long run, this leads to severe overload and increased stress levels.
The problem with perfectionism is its façade – an attractive mask that exudes infinite strength. At first glance. However, behind the mask hides a silhouette that literally sucks you dry and leads to deep exhaustion. The good news is that even the worst perfectionists can ditch their superhero costume.
Remember, success starts in the mind and you are the one who can flick the switch to make it happen. How it works? Here are 10 approaches to overcoming perfectionism.
How to become perfectly imperfect:
Remember, mistakes allow for personal growth and lifelong learning. When we accept them, we strengthen our self-acceptance and self-confidence. Mistakes make us human and make life worth living and interesting. And that’s good. Be perfectly imperfect!