Perfectionism is a tendency to put excessive pressure on oneself to meet excessively high standards. It is also common for perfectionists to have high levels of self-criticism and anxiety about being judged by others if they fail to achieve high standards.

What causes perfectionism?

  • Fear of failure
  • Low self-esteem
  • Cultural expectations
  • Black and white thinking

What are the symptoms of perfectionism?

  • Self-criticism
  • Depression
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress and difficulty relaxing
  • Feeling like a failure
  • Regular procrastination
  • Tendency to be obsessed with rules and lists

How can psychology and counselling help?

We can help by teaching you effective ways of coping and managing anxiety as well as by building self confidence.