Perfectionism seems straightforward, but it’s often misunderstood.
Many people think perfectionism helps them achieve their goals and get better results.
American culture continues to encourage perfectionism despite all of the research that indicates perfectionism is associated with increased anxiety, depression, suicidal behavior, eating disorders, relationship and health problems.*
The fallacy that perfectionism is helpful (or even necessary for success) persists because we still idealize perfectionism. We get the message from an early age (from our...