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Perfectionism - a personality trait characterized by a person's striving for flawlessness and setting high performance standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others' evaluations.
Perfectionism is something I am very familiar with which caused me often crippling anxiety as a teenager and young adult.
I've attached a test to take if you're interested. It breaks perfectionism down into the following categories:
- Self-oriented perfectionism: We put pressure on ourselves to attain unrealistic and impossible standards. This is associated with self criticism, intense self scrutiny and the inability to accept any mistakes or failings in ourselves.
- Other-oriented perfectionism: We expect others to meet unrealistically high standards - it's a way of externalising the pressure we feel.
- Socially Prescribed perfectionism: We believe that others expect us to meet standards so high that they are impossible for us to reach.
I found it useful to find out the areas on which I should focus.
Fyi, I scored as below:
Section A: Strong to very strong tendency
Section B: Little or no tendency
Section C: Strong to very strong tendency