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Perfectionism and Impostor Syndrome

  • 30th Aug'21

Perfectionism and impostor syndrome are two complex traits found in the most accomplished individuals. Both are even associated frequently due to the issues caused by the psychological problems that can detrimentally impact your quality of life. Therefore, both must be treated at their first sight of symptoms indicating either perfectionism and impostor syndrome. But what are they in the first place? Let’s have a look what is it like for anyone dealing with impostor syndrome and perfectionism.


What is Perfectionism?

Perfectionism can be defined as the traits that lead to obtaining perfection. People striving for success have a higher chance of success. However, it can lead to self-destructive behaviors causing people to underestimate themselves and develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Some of the symptoms of perfectionism are:


  • Inability to do something until you can be sure about doing it perfectly.

  • Procrastination.

  • Take more time to do a task than you should.


What is Impostor Syndrome?

Impostor syndrome is a fraudulent feeling that arises when others take note of one’s talent and skill. They start to believe that they are some kind of “sham,” and eventually, others will find out about it as well. As a result, they tend to overdo things such as work beyond office hours and make themselves feel terrible even for the smallest of mistakes that one should ignore effortlessly without harm.


Perfectionism Tangibles with Impostor Syndrome

Research has shown that perfectionism and impostor syndrome are natural phenomena caused by various factors arising from self-conscious feelings. Even perfectionism can be seen as one of the impostor syndromes, i.e., perfectionist. Both are obsessed with being perfect at anything they do and, in the process, bring themselves avoidable harm.

Some doctors may use the word “positive perfectionism” to justify it in a person. However, people must avoid getting trapped by perfectionism and perfectionist impostor syndrome and focus more on the understanding that a person cannot be perfect in everything they do.


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