Risks of Perfectionism


Some potential social, psychological & physical risks associated with perfectionism include:

1. Emotional and psychological problems like burnout, eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and bulimia,  depression, suicide, anxiety, self-esteem problems, social phobias, alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)

2. Relationship problems: including decreased marital satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, difficulties with intimacy, anger, interpersonal closeness,  and professional risks - peers, hospital staff, patients

3. Achievement problems: such as procrastination, writing difficulties, writers block, and poor academic performance, self-handicapping (i.e., where individuals spend time finding excuses for poor performance rather than preparing for a performance), and job stress.

4. Physical health problems: such as coronary heart disease, headaches, increased stress hormones, sleep problems, and heart rate reactivity.

For more information review the Perfectionism and Psychopathology Laboratory: http://hewittlab.psych.ubc.ca/faq.htm


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