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How Perfectionism Affects Anxiety

by Laura Dickman, BSW Intern

According to and writer Katherine Star, PhD, published Sept. 20, 2020,

  • Medically reviewed article

What is Perfectionism?

Perfectionism is the deeply held desire to live in a flawless or perfect way in many aspects of life. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “perfectionism may be hard-wired in your system.” Therefore, this trait individuals are born with actually impacts the ways in which they perceive the world around them.

Common Things Those Living with Perfectionism Experience:

  1. Setting extremely high standards for themselves that may even be impossible to achieve.

  2. Being overly critical of themselves and others even.

  3. Being obsessively concerned with how others view them.

  4. Having their self worth determined by unattainable accomplishments.