We all have heard that perfection doesn’t exist. Yet still, at some point, we do tend to achieve it. There are some of us who even obsess over it who we refer to as Perfectionists or Idealists. These are the people who give their best and never get satisfied with the results only because the outcomes are nowhere near their hypothetical standard level of perfectionism.
Some people consider perfectionism as a positive thing, while some take it negatively. The positive side of perfectionism is that it gives one a goal that they want to achieve. It can encourage a person to keep getting better. But here’s something that Brené Brown, a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work said, “Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfection is not about healthy achievement and growth.”
Perfectionism can easily impact one negatively when they keep trying their best and never get the results they want to carry out. They will ultimately start criticizing themselves, which could be detrimental. They hardly ever appreciate themselves for how much they have achieved. In this way, perfectionism could be an unhealthy attribute.
Through studies, it’s been found that perfectionism can give rise to stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s also been seen that perfectionists rarely try new things because they are afraid they might not succeed in it.
It’s crucial to manage perfectionism by perceiving things differently in a way that is actually healthy and helps one to grow. Keep your expectations realistic, always appreciate yourself even for the slightest achievements, and most importantly, love yourself.