Do you have perfectionist tendencies?
If you've ever wondered whether your desire for perfection is crossing into unhealthy territory, here are some signs to look out for:
• No tolerance for mistakes: People with perfectionist tendencies have a deep aversion to making errors, as any deviation from perfection can cause them significant discomfort and dissatisfaction.
• Procrastination and avoidance: People with perfectionist tendencies will often procrastinate, either delaying the start of a task or avoiding it altogether. This behaviour stems from their desire to achieve a flawless outcome or the fear of falling short.
• Overreacting to setbacks: Even minor setbacks or mistakes can feel like huge failures to perfectionists. They tend to magnify any flaws and struggle to maintain perspective.
• Dwelling on criticism: People with perfectionist tendencies often focus on critical feedback, finding it difficult to absorb and build upon positive comments. They may become fixated on perceived shortcomings, hindering their ability to appreciate their accomplishments.
• Need for control: People with perfectionist tendencies often have a strong desire to handle tasks themselves, finding it challenging to delegate even the smallest responsibilities. This tendency can lead to unproductive micromanagement and hinder their ability to collaborate effectively.
Here are our five top tips to help you navigate the challenges of perfectionism: