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Perfectionism is defined as a “combination of excessively high personal standards and overly-critical self-evaluation.”
This episode focuses on perfectionist tendencies with emotions. Beliefs such as “I should always be happy,” “anxiety is weakness,” or “normal people don’t feel so low” fuel feelings of frustration, shame, or hopelessness.
In truth, common concepts of healthy emotionality is skewed, in favour of positivity and fear of so-called negative emotions.
I unpack emotional perfectionism and it’s various guises (self-oriented, socially prescribed and other-orientated) and offer applicable solutions to move towards a place of acceptance and self-compassion.