4 Perils of Perfectionism

PSYCH CENTRAL | on Wed, Jan 3, 11:45 AM

Many of us hold high expectations for ourselves. We strive for a goal that is impossible to reach, whether in our love life, worklife, or family life. When we fall short, as we inevitably do, we may become paralyzed by self-criticism and shame.Here are four pitfalls of our penchant to strive for perfection — and how to keep our expectations under control.Driven by Shame and FearPerfectionism is often driven by shame and fear. If we can create a perfectly polished persona or achieve some lofty...

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