The Dark Side of Perfectionism

“Perfectionists, by definition, strive for the best, trying to ace exams, be meticulous at their jobs, and raise perfect children. So one might assume this drive for the ideal translates over to their health as well, with perfectionist being models for physical and mental well-being.

But new research is revealing the trait can bring both profits and perils.

Though perfection is an impossible goal, striving for it can be a boon for one’s health, causing one to stick to exercise programs to a tee, say, or follow a strict regimen for treating chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes. But the same lofty goals can mean added mental pressure when mistakes are made and the resistance to asking for help from others in fear of revealing one’s true, imperfect self.

In fact studies show the personality trait of perfectionism is linked to poor physical health and an increased risk of death.” (LiveScience).

  1 comment for “The Dark Side of Perfectionism

  1. acm
    12 Jul 10 at 9.20 am

    For some reason, the (new?) grey boxes that list the date are imposed on top of the key words and content of the post itself. Sort of pesky. Firefox 3.0.3, Wintel machine, blah blah.

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