Are you one of those people who pushes themselves endlessly towards achieving a perfect outcome at university or work? Do you feel like your house has to be spotless, before you feel good enough? Sometimes, just when you are getting close to achieving a goal, do you feel like you must have made the goal a little bit “easy” and push the bar even higher for yourself? Do you set higher standards for yourself than you would expect for others?
You might be a victim of your own perfectionistic tendencies. I spend a lot of time asking people to consider aiming for “excellence” but at the same time recognising that “perfect” is only an ideal, and therefore NOT a healthy goal. This article explains in more detail how aiming for perfect can become a problem https://www.facebook.com/APSClinicalPsychologists/posts/1389082511219588