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“Perfectionism is a trait characterized by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting impossibly high standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.” Is this you?

The talk and primer on perfectionism will help you to:

  1. Understand the difference between perfectionism and excellence.
  2. Set standards as per contexts.
  3. Become aware of unhelpful cognitive behaviours that reinforce perfectionism.
  4. Practice tips and tricks to set realistic goals.

Leave comments and questions for the speaker, Dr. Tarique Sani on perfectionism, and your experiences with overcoming it.

Speaker: Dr. Tarique Sani is a psychotherapist, paediatrician, forensic expert, PHP geek, photographer, cyclist, and currently a runner.

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Zainab Bawa

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Tips and tricks to change perfectionism

Submitted Apr 28, 2021

Below are some suggestions on how to change perfectionist behaviours:

  1. Relaxing the unrelenting high standards and thinking in shades of grey.
  2. Be prepared to try new things.
  3. Commitment of time and effort - are you ready for change? Changing perfectionist behaviours will involve tolerating discomfort for some time.
  4. Make a thought diary, listing the positive and negative consequences of pursuing unrelenting high standards/perfectionism.
  5. List the personal benefits and costs you anticipate if you loosen unrelenting high standards/perfectionism.

#4 and #5 will help you decide whether you are really ready for change.

Now, set goals for change:

  1. Choose a general area to work on first.
  2. Adjust your unrelenting high standards associated with this area.
  3. Identify the perfectionism behaviour you wish to work upon.
  4. Identify a specific goal towards reducing this perfectionism behaviour.
  5. Set a time frame.

If you have questions about perfectionism, post them in comments on https://hasgeek.com/kilter/overcoming-perfectionism/comments

Tarique Sani’s slides on perfectionism are available on https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yjjdkn0nSqDGG-thm-j_FC7Ev6njWfhMSiq9IU1HJiU/edit?usp=sharing

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