Have you ever obsessed over the desire to avoid failure or judgment from others? You could be a perfectionist. You may have a fear of failure, be highly critical of yourself, and may have unrealistic standards that are difficult to reach. Perfectionists sometimes challenge themselves with being perfect or the best instead of their personal best. Some studies show that perfectionists actually tend to achieve less and stress more than regular high achievers. While striving to do one's best can be very healthy, seeking perfection may lead to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.
It is common for perfectionists to become paralyzed by their unrealistic expectations, and they begin putting off tasks so that they don't have to face their fears of imperfection. If this sounds familiar, please see these tips for avoiding procrastination.
If you need help with perfectionism or procrastination, contact the Health and Wellness Center for information about counseling 479-968-0329.