Is Perfectionism Holding You Back?

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In today’s “What’s Trending” segment, hosts Patricia Wu and Jessica Reyes explore how perfectionism can trap you in a cycle of stress and frustration. Guest, MHTN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Bober, breaks down why striving for flawlessness can be mentally draining and what you can do about it.

The Price of Perfectionism

Perfectionism might seem like a positive trait, but it often hides a fear of failure and harsh self-critique. It’s important to realize what being a perfectionist costs you: time, energy, and the joy of accomplishment.

Be Kind to Yourself

The inner critic that drives perfectionism can be loud and cruel. Practice self-compassion! Talk to yourself as you would a good friend. Would you demand perfection from those you care about? Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding.

Nature vs. Nurture

Is your perfectionism a personality trait you were born with, or a pattern you developed? Experts believe it’s usually a combination of genetics and life experiences. Knowing the roots of your perfectionism can help you be more forgiving of yourself.

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