One of the most common outcomes of perfectionism is self-criticism, which can result in low self-esteem. If you are not able to achieve perfection (which in Leah's opinion chasing perfection is like chasing infinity), it can leave you feeling worthless and incompetent.
Perfectionism is often a learned behaviour that stems from childhood. A parent, teacher or someone else close to you may have always told you that you were not good enough, that you needed to work harder, or that you should be more perfect. You may have grown up thinking that the only way you can measure up is to be perfect.
Take the quiz below to help you reflect on your experience with perfectionism and to find out if you may need to take steps to protect yourself from the negative side effects of striving for perfection.
Now that you have completed the test, we hope that you have a better idea of whether or not your perfectionistic tendencies may be affecting your self-worth.
If you are a perfectionist, you can use the information in this blog to help you identify those tendencies and figure out ways to address them. If you are not a perfectionist, you can still use the information in this blog to help you understand more about perfectionism and how to help friends and family who might be perfectionists.
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