Perfectionism is a personality characteristic defined as striving for flawlessness and setting exceptionally high expectations for oneself. A person with perfectionistic concerns may worry excessively about their appearance, having imperfections, making mistakes, and being inadequate. They may be overly critical of themselves, highly sensitive to criticism, and exhibit difficulties making decisions or prioritizing tasks. Perfectionism can result in significant distress in daily and social functioning and often leads to low self-esteem and constant need for approval from others. Perfectionistic qualities have been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders.
At Therapy West, our clinicians use cognitive-behavior therapy to help change the underlying thoughts and beliefs. Frequently, behavioral assignments are prescribed to clients to help them learn to change their cognitions and take appropriate actions to alleviate symptoms.
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