I’ve had the pleasure of working with several people who’ve come to me due to my writing about perfectionism and perfectly hidden depression. So we’re going to be talking about the fear of losing your edge – the edge that you believe keeps you on your toes, keeps you doing better, doing more, doing doing doing… when it’s really perfectionism that’s causing your worry and fear.

Certain kinds of perfectionism can be more dangerous than others – and there’s a huge difference between it and striving for excellence. We talked about perfectionism as a disease in Episode 071 – and you may want to go back there to listen. For today, I contacted a handful of people I’d treated for perfectionism and I have their quotes to offer you. It’s amazing what they said about their own journeys toward self-awareness and self-acceptance in their work life.

We’ll briefly go over what’s helpful if you’re working with perfectionists – this is based on an article by Susanna Mittermaier a psychologist who writes about happiness and is the author of Pragmatic Psychology.

Our listener email is from someone who was thanking me for the most recent podcast I did on vulnerability where I talked openly about my panic attacks. I loved what he said so thought I would share.

Important Links:

Dan Harris’ book 10% Happier — a great read for anyone who’s afraid of losing their workplace edge.

Great article on the rise of perfectionism with quotes by researcher Dr. Gordon Flett

Rates of suicide increasing in US

Susanna Mittermeier’s article on what employers can do for perfectionistic folks..

You can hear more about perfectionism and many other topics by listening to Dr. Margaret’s new podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to this website and receive her weekly blog posts and podcasts!

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