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    Brianna Shaw, MSP
  • on Apr 29, 2019 |

Perfectionism is a complex personality trait which includes an abnormal pattern of behaviours, it is associated with various psychological and achievement related difficulties. Although it is not considered a disorder, it is a vulnerability factor that can cause problems for adults, adolescents and children.

Perfectionism involves inappropriate levels of expectations, unattainable goals, and a constant lack of satisfaction or feeling of failure. This constant feeling of having to be perfect results in a massive amount of stress and a misuse of coping strategies.

There are many different types of perfectionism behaviour:

  • Self-oriented perfectionism- wanting yourself to be perfect
  • Other-oriented perfectionism- requiring others to be perfect
  • Socially prescribed perfectionism- where others require someone to be perfect, such as one’s parents.

Each one of these perfectionism types have been associated with different kinds of problems, this includes depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and cardiovascular problems. It can also have a negative effect on the relationships you have with others.

Perfectionism can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Make sure to see a doctor if you have any of these thoughts.