On some level, we all strive to do our best in what we do. Many jokingly refer to this as perfectionism. But, there is a real difference between healthy striving and perfectionism. Healthy striving occurs when we strive for excellence in a healthy way and take genuine pleasure in trying to meet high standards. On the other hand, perfectionism is when we set nearly impossible goals that we cannot meet, resulting in self-doubt and a fear of disapproval and rejection. The following are some myths about perfectionism.
Myth: I would not be as successful if I weren’t a perfectionist.
Reality: Yes, some perfectionists are successful. However, what they fail to realize is that their success has been achieved despite their perfectionism-not because of it. There is evidence that given similar levels of talent, skill and intellect, perfectionists perform less successfully than their non-perfectionist counterparts.
Myth: Perfectionists get things done, and they do it right.
Reality: Perfectionists often have problems with procrastination, missed deadlines and low productivity. They tend to be all-or-nothing thinkers. This can become overwhelming to the point where a student will turn in a paper weeks late because they could not deem it perfect until then.
Myth: Perfectionists are determined to overcome all obstacles to success.
Reality: Perfectionistic tendencies can lead to increases in depression, writer’s block, and social anxiety. Instead of concentrating on the process, most perfectionists only focus on the outcome of their efforts, which can ultimately hinder them.
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