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Goodbye Perfectionism (ANOTHER False Message!)

Welcome back to Consider Yourself Hugged! Click below to watch, or Click here to listen to Episode 161.



I'm so happy you joined today for a discussion of Brown University's article on Perfectionism. For much of these notes, I've quoted directly, and for the backstory, be sure to listen to the episode, and for more discussion, be sure to read the article.


Today, I have a strongly worded message for my pal, Perfectionism:


Get out of my life.... today!!!


I hope you have the same message. I didn't realize until recently that it has been rearing it's ugly head in my life again, and I will not continue to allow that! Today we'll talk about causes of perfectionism, the vicious cycle, and what to do for more peace.


Do You Battle Perfectionism?

· Do you feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough?

· Do you often put off turning in papers or projects, waiting to get them just right?

· Do you feel you must give more than 100 percent on everything you do or else you will be mediocre or even a failure?


Causes of Perfectionism

· Fear of failure.

· Fear of making mistakes.

· Fear of disapproval.

· All-or-none thinking.

· Overemphasis on “should's.”

· Believing that others are easily successful.


The Vicious Cycle of Perfectionism



So what's the cycle.

  • First, perfectionists set unreachable goals.

  • Second, they fail to meet these goals because the goals were impossible to begin with. Failure to reach them was thus inevitable.

  • Third, the constant pressure to achieve perfection and the inevitable chronic failure reduce productivity and effectiveness.

  • Fourth, this cycle leads perfectionists to be self-critical and self-blaming which results in lower self-esteem. It may also lead to anxiety and depression. “This time if only I try harder I will succeed.”

  • Such thinking sets the entire cycle in motion again.


Instead, try Healthy Striving

Healthy strivers take pleasure in the process of pursuing the task at hand rather than focusing only on the end result.


What to do About Perfectionism

· Set realistic and reachable goals based on your own wants and needs and what you have accomplished in the past.

· Set subsequent goals in a sequential manner.

· Experiment with your standards for success.

· Focus on the process of doing an activity not just on the end result.

· Use feelings of anxiety and depression as opportunities to ask yourself, “Have I set up impossible expectations for myself in this situation?”

· Confront the fears that may be behind your perfectionism by asking yourself, “What am I afraid of? What is the worst thing that could happen?”

· Recognize that many positive things can only be learned by making mistakes. When you make a mistake ask,

· “What can I learn from this experience?” More specifically, think of a recent mistake you have made and list all the things you can learn from it.

· Avoid all-or-none thinking in relation to your goals.


This will take time, but you can do it! And so can I.


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Tami West, PhD

Stress and Mental Health Expert Dr. Tami West uses her entertaining and compelling style to shine a new light on how to transform your life and discover solutions to life’s challenges.

Tami has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, school nutrition, corporate sales, and 10 years as a public-school teacher. In 2013 she received her PhD in Human Development, studying the connections among stress, emotions, and identity.

Dr. West has spoken in 48 states across the US, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. In any given year, Tami speaks to groups with audiences consisting of anywhere from 100 to 3,000 people.


Dr. West is the author of several successful publications including three books: The Stress Club, Life Without the Monsters and Thrive. When she's not speaking or writing, you might find her with her traveling with her husband and family, reading historical fiction, or watching Big Bang Theory.


Tami connects with audiences through real experience, cutting edge research, and transparent stories – all sprinkled with humor! She will make you laugh, cry, and shine a refreshingly new light on life's challenges.


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Thanks for joining today! As we’ve always asked in the past, please pass the show link along to your friends and subscribe, download, and review wherever you are listening. If you’re a woman and you haven’t joined our private FB group A Place for Women, please do that now! It’ll be your source of encouragement.

And until next time, Consider Yourself Hugged 😘🤗



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