Therapy for Young Women of Color With Anxiety and Perfectionism
When you think of a perfectionist, who do you think of?
The problem with perfectionism is not the energy with which you move, it is that the end goals are constantly moving targets where you never give yourself credit for the goals you’ve met. You end up in a place of chronic fatigue and failure where you feel like you are only as good as the things you do “perfectly”, which quickly becomes “all or nothing”.
Perfectionism can look like:
Need for control
Overly critical self-judgment or self-evaluation
Being unable to acknowledge failure
Excessive lists and planning
Overly detailed or elaborate plans
Needing high levels of reassurance
Excessively high or unrealistic standards
Being psychologically rigid
Some compulsive behaviors
Perfectionism is transdiagnostic and can also be seen in other places/conditions: