Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Are you or someone you know a perfectionist? If so, how did you/they become a perfectionist? Is perfection a positive or negative trait?
Who Becomes a Perfectionist?
Perfectionism becomes a coping mechanism for many who lived in an environment where:
every action was monitored and dictated
love is withdrawn for not meeting standards
every move is watched and criticized
nothing is ever good enough
rejection or abandonment is threatened
punishment is the result of imperfection.
Perfectionism, particularly from childhood maltreatment, can become so deeply ingrained in our psyches and behaviors that we may not recognize it.
A Real-life Example
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