Perfectionism: What’s So Bad About Being So Good? [Infographic]

The daily quest for perfection in all things is more common than you might think. But believe it or not, perfectionism can be harmful to your career and your health.

Studies show that perfectionism comes with a serious darker side if you let it take control of your life. Harsh self-criticism, low self-esteem, and anxiety around making mistakes are common negative aspects of striving for perfection. They can take a real toll on your health.

If you obsess over every small detail or struggle to come to terms with minor flaws in your performance, you may well be a perfectionist.

Perfectionism Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Perfectionistm has been associated with workaholism, depression, sleep problems, and various other illnesses. But not to worry – there are techniques you can use to take back control. This infographic from CashNetUSA can show you the way.

From undertaking a social media detox to challenging yourself with deliberate mistakes and rewarding jobs well done, these tips help you get back on track, one step at a time. All of them require you to work hard to resist negative impulses that have likely been part of your thought processes for years. It won’t be a quick or easy journey, but it will be worthwhile. So, find the ones that best apply to your own daily struggles and put them into practice.

With a bit of patience and perseverance, you should start to feel like you can stop striving for a level of perfection that nobody could ever achieve.

 

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