According to psychology, the characteristic feature of a perfectionist is having extremely high standards and a strong drive for the flawless execution of tasks. A perfectionist holds other peoples’ opinions about them in high regard and this is accompanied by self-criticisms.
There are upsides to being a perfectionist. Spend five minutes with a perfectionist and you’ll soon come to realize that they are highly motivated individuals. When carrying out a project, they are passionate about giving it their all and will not settle for mediocrity. In the adaptive form of perfectionism, the individual meticulously tweaks and refines their work until they are satisfied with the final outcome. In the school and workplace, they are often labelled as overachievers. Achieving their personal goals and excelling in their school/field of expertise is credited to this behaviour.
Perfectionism Disorder - What Are The Signs?
When the personality trait of a perfectionist falls into the maladaptive category, it can pose significant problems. The constant need to perfect everything can be exhausting and couple this with a skewed sense of reality, they may end up unsatisfied. This can then lead to depressive and anxiety disorders. Eventually, this perfectionist behaviour can impair a person’s quality of life, school, work, and relationships.
To better understand this complex personality trait, here are the signs of perfectionism:
Can Perfectionism Be Treated?
Perfectionists strive to hide their issues making it difficult to treat. However, it is important to seek help when you need it especially if it is disrupting your ability to live a full and happy life.
The Arden Centre's residential treatment program and multi-dimensional treatments are extremely successful because it offers you a secure space to work away from the external forces that usually triggers anxiety and overthinking. You will have the necessary encouragement and breathing space not only to recover but also to learn how to deal with your anxiety and your perfectionism now and in the long term.
Contact us to learn more about our recovery services, and how we can help you or your loved one get started on the road to sustained wellness.
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