In today's more than ever competitive world, each one of us tends to have that internal desire of wishing to ace everything in life. Right from our family environment, to our life as a professional - it is all about getting things right and being perfect at what we do. Everyone strives for perfection, but if taken to extreme levels, it could do one more harm than good. We can experience acute stress if we have the tendency to set unrealistic goals for ourselves and are later unable to achieve them; and if at all in such a scenario one does manage to achieve a certain goal, the sense accomplishment experienced by them is short-lived, and quickly fades away.
Stress arising out of the need to be the best at everything we do has the tendency to cast a negative impact upon the way we view ourselves, and we may at times, also find our interactions and interpersonal relationships with those around us dissatisfying, because in our thirst for perfectionism, we may often develop a secretive feeling of judgement towards the people who fall short of our definition of the concept.
Some of the ways by which we can work towards minimising the ill-effects of perfectionism are: identification of its sources - whether it is a result of the expectations that our parents and peers have from us, allowing yourself to commit mistakes at times, both unknowingly as well as consciously by virtue of being human, as well as learning to accept your inner self through introspection and self-love as well as self-care. Instead of creating distressful situations for oneself, one can choose to channelize the positive aspects of perfectionism in order to provide themselves with the driving energy that is required to achieve great things in life.
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