Often people think perfectionism is a positive thing. Striving toward high standards and setting achievable goals both help self-improvement, but this is different from perfectionism. Perfectionism encompasses putting constant pressure on yourself to meet high standards that are often not concrete and identifiable. When we strive toward goals that are unclear, unachievable or achievable at significant cost to ourselves, it is detrimental to our mental health. When we can’t reach these goals, it leads us to have self-critical thoughts and hold negative beliefs about ourselves.
Take inventory of your symptoms. The following are common symptoms of Perfectionism: