The Dark Side of Perfectionism Revealed

Perfectionists strive for the best.  It’s easy to assume that this drive for the ideal means that perfectionist also strive to become models of physical and mental well-being.  But new research is revealing the trait can bring both benefits and dangers.

Striving for perfection can be a boon for your health -- perfectionists might stick to exercise programs, or follow strict regimens. But it can also mean added mental pressure when mistakes are made, and resistance to asking for help from others.

In fact, studies show that perfectionism is linked to poor physical health and an increased risk of death.

According to Live Science:

“Perfectionism tends to have two components: a positive side, including things like setting high standards for themselves; and a negative side, which involves more deleterious factors, such as having doubts and concerns over mistakes and feeling pressure from others to be perfect ... it always has a dark side that inevitably rears its head. For instance, a perfectionist might seem fine under normal circumstances, but lose control under stress.”

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