Stuck in a Vicious Perfectionism Cycle?
The Impossible Need to seem Perfect—or Perfectionism—often lives hand in hand with anxiety, disordered eating and our body image.
Anxiety is a normal human response to a perceived threat and at one time, our ancestors heavily relied on this innate response to warn them of possible danger ahead.
Most of us experience varying levels of anxiety from time to time and on some level, anxiety can actually be motivating. However, anxiety can become problematic when we constantly perceive a threatening situation when there isn't one. Persistent, misfired anxiety tends to be future oriented (What if this happens? What if that happens? What will people think?) and take us out of the present moment.
Perfectionism and Anxiety
Are anxiety and perfectionism getting in Your way?
Feel afraid and stressed out when your hopes turn out wrong?
Criticize yourself? Engage in self judgment and hateful self talk when things don't go your way?
Need complete certainty? Can’t handle ‘Maybe?’
Obsess over any form of criticism?
Does criticism feel like an attack?!
Does your deepest ‘sense of self’ feel threatened—a lot?!
Feel laughed at, ridiculed, ashamed, unloved—undeserving of love?