Perfectionism is a culturally accepted and even desired ideal. We want our children to be perfectly adjusted. We wish our bodies were perfectly shaped. We want to find the ideal soul mate. We expect our athletes in the Olympics to perform perfectly. We want our minds to be absolutely still – at least when we so chose.
There is very little room for failure in our goal-driven society.
And while there is nothing wrong with trying to give the best we can, wanting to be perfect is an endeavor bound to fail.
In fact, it lies at the heart of much of the anxiety and depression we encounter every day.