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Healthy striver sets standards beyond reach and

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Perfectionist vs. Healthy Striver Sets standards beyond reach and reason Sets high standards, but just beyond reach Is never satisfied by anything less than perfection Enjoys process as well as outcome Become dysfunctionally depressed when experiences failure and disappointment Bounces back from failure and disappointment quickly and with energy Is preoccupied with fear of failure and disapproval—this can deplete energy levels Keeps normal anxiety and fear of failure and disapproval within bounds—uses them to create energy Sees mistakes as evidence of unworthiness Sees mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning Becomes overly defensive when criticized Reacts positively to helpful criticism Costs of Perfectionism Depression Performance anxiety Test anxiety Social anxiety Writer’s block Obsessiveness Compulsiveness Suicidal thoughts Loneliness Impatience Frustration Anger Coping Strategies 1. Make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of trying to be perfect. 2. Increase your awareness of the self-critical nature of your all-or-none thoughts and how they extend to other people in your life.
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