Perfectionism is best described as a personality trait that involves the tendency to hold yourself and your actions to a far higher standard than normal. Whilst it is normal to challenge yourself and strive to do well, when you become overly critical of your actions and efforts it can have detrimental effects.

Doing so can impact your self worth and self esteem, as you base your worth on the ability to achieve such standards. Sometimes this causes negative consequences on your mental wellbeing, such as procrastination or excessive worry, anxiety, and depression.

The following are typical signs that someone may be experiencing clinical perfectionism:

       – Fear of Failure

       – Self- criticism

        – A low opinion of one’s abilities and self

Counselling and therapy can help to manage these thoughts and expectations by exploring where they originated from, reframing such thoughts, and helping to manage the anxiety caused by such thoughts. Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be really  beneficial in tackling these thoughts.