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Anxiety Disorders

20 Reasons You Might Be a Perfectionist

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Confused woman
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Second place whatever
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You have a difficult time accepting being “second best” in any endeavor.


Friends playing basketball
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You might avoid any activities or tasks when you know you won’t be the best.


Still not right, I give up.
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You would rather give up on a task than not do it perfectly.


No rest till perfect
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You sacrifice your own well-being to make something perfect.


right way and wrong way signs
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You believe that there is a "right" and "wrong" way to do most things.


Black and white world
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You don't accept in-betweens.


Hypercritical
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You are highly critical of mistakes.


Biting nails
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You obsess about previous mistakes.


Defending work
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You become defensive over little things.


Everyone has to like you
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You are a "people pleaser."


Pointing out errors
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You are judgmental and critical of others.


Trouble emotionally connecting
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You have a difficult time emotionally connecting with other people.


Stress of perfection harmful to your health
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You know perfection is impossible and harmful to you.


Dejected feeling when things are not perfect
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You take it hard when you don't achieve perfection.


Stack of files, always more to do.
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You continue working on projects well past completion.


Smug
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You feel relieved when someone else fails.


Making excuses, being hyper emotional about mistakes
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You find it very difficult if other people see you make a mistake.


Have to do it all yourself
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You think asking for help is a sign of weakness.


Building a model has no purpose for you or reward for you
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You do only things that have a purpose.


Taking lead and needing to be in control
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You have a need to be in control.


Cognitive behavioral therapists work to help you find ways to change your thinking patterns.
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The takeaway...


Eileen Bailey

Eileen Bailey

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Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.