Does the phrase, "you are such a perfectionist" sounds familiar?
Judging achievements by our high internal standards drive high performance and deliver results in academic, home and work environments. The challenge we all face is ensuring these standards, and our desire to do things perfectly remains adaptive and helpful.
In times of pressure, these standards can become unrelenting as we continue to strive for achievement in meeting the next project, deadline or set of targets. When faced with competing demands, perfectionistic standards can work against us leading to psychological distress.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) works by understanding the process of clinical perfectionism and its function in maintaining stress, anxiety and mood difficulties. CBT provides techniques for developing cognitive flexibility and honing more adaptive, sustainable standards while still achieving high performance and reducing psychological distress.
By Shamira Graham, Director of Clinical and Business Operations at Efficacy