When someone is a perfectionist they have difficulties accepting anything short of perfect. Some might think of this as an asset. Having high standards helps you achieve right? Not quite. Why? Perfectionism can result in paralyzing anxiety and prevent people from even trying to work towards their goals. And, even when perfectionism does help someone accomplish their goals, it comes at a cost. When someone has perfectionistic tendencies, nothing is ever good enough, including their achievements, which can lead to chronic feelings of inadequacy or even depression. Luckily, there is an alternative, self-compassion, which not only helps people achieve but improves mental health. Haven't heard about self-compassion? Check out this blog post!


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Please note that the information in this blog is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for psychological or medical care.  If you are looking for professional help, visit my resources page for guidance on how to find a therapist.  If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest ER.

Dr. Carissa Gustafson, Clinical Psychologist Los Angeles
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