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  • Writer's pictureTorre Boyd LPC

Perfectionism: The Good, The Bad, and The Hilarious

Do you suffer from the curse of perfectionism? Does the mere thought of making a mistake send shivers down your spine? Well, you're not alone. Perfectionism affects millions of people every day, and the impact on mental health and well-being can be severe. But let's be real, sometimes it's just downright hilarious!

For starters, there's the constant inner monologue that never seems to quiet down. "Did I do that right?" "Is this good enough?" "Am I good enough?" It's like having a tiny, judgmental voice in your head that never shuts up. And don't even get me started on the physical manifestations of perfectionism - the clenched jaw, the tight shoulders, the racing heart. It's like your body is in a constant state of fight or flight.

Then there's the sheer amount of time and energy that perfectionism can consume. You spend hours upon hours poring over every detail, obsessing over the tiniest imperfection. You sacrifice your social life, your hobbies, and your sleep all in the pursuit of perfection. And what do you get in return? A one-way ticket to burnout town.

But let's not forget the bright side of perfectionism. After all, without it, we wouldn't have the Mona Lisa, the iPhone, or the perfectly frothed latte. And let's face it, there's something kind of satisfying about getting everything just right. It's like a little shot of dopamine to the brain.

So, what's the solution? How do we overcome the curse of perfectionism? Well, it's not easy, but it starts with a little self-compassion. We need to learn to accept our imperfections and embrace our mistakes. We need to give ourselves permission to fail, to make mistakes, and to be human.

And in the meantime, let's all take a moment to laugh at ourselves and our ridiculous quest for perfection. Because if we can't laugh at ourselves, what's the point? So go ahead, let out a big, belly laugh and embrace the imperfectly perfect mess that is you.


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