Perfectionism – A Behaviour that is Undeniably Imperfect!

Perfection | Behaviour | 30th November 2021 | Virtual Wire



Perfectionism is the want and practice to do everything in a perfect or flawless manner. Anything that has been done by a person needs to be their hundred per cent.

They believe that it represents them and thus, it can’t be anything less than perfect, at least according to their self-defined standards. A person might want to look perfect or do everything perfectly. They believe in achieving the highest of standards, which in reality is not possible most of the time. Any person who is obsessed with this habit or ideal is called a perfectionist. Perfectionists are also prone to being procrastinators – people who keep delaying or postponing their tasks. Perfectionism often can be a cause of procrastination.

If a person wishes to achieve the highest standards of work, then they might feel lazy and afraid due to the pressure of it all, which makes them procrastinate their tasks. Perfectionism can be seen as a healthy behaviour as well as a detrimental behaviour. It edges on the healthy side only as long as the person just strives to achieve more by working hard, added that they’re able to value their work, and believe that they have given their hundred per cent, irrespective of the results.

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Perfectionism can be considered a detrimental behaviour when it leads to self-criticism or high levels of stress. People start to have such unrealistic expectations from themselves that they often start to devalue their efforts. They’re fixated on trying to achieve such high levels of perfectionism that they’re unable to feel content. Some often compare themselves or their work with others, and in the end, they’re unable to feel proud of themselves.

Perfectionists, sometimes are unable to value the process and they just value the end results. They might feel pressurised to achieve their desired and self-approved levels of results, which also makes them afraid to work. This can also be very frustrating and stressful if one is unable to yield results even after putting in hefty amounts of effort. This can even seriously impact their sense of self-worth and can also lead to serious mental disorders like depression.


There’s an underlying cause for each of our behaviours, including our tendency to attain perfection. One common cause behind such behaviours is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It can be a cause as well as an effect of perfectionism. It might not be the cause or result for all, but it is still a notable factor. People with insecurity and attachment issues are also prone to being perfectionists. Neglected children can also hold such tendencies. No matter the cause, perfectionism can turn into a very adversely affecting behaviour and thus, one should try to seek professional help for the same if they feel constantly stressed or disrupted in life due to such tendencies.

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