Perfectionism: A Tunnel Vision of Life and Work

Perfectionism: A Tunnel Vision of Life and Work
Identifying patterns of behaviour indicating high levels of shame, guilt, loneliness, unworthiness, and even humiliation among employees and strategizing effective coping mechanisms is the way forward.

“Perfectionism isn’t a behavior; it is a way of thinking about yourself.” – Andrew Hill

Perfectionism can be perplexing and utterly exhausting most of the times. When you are living in a society aiming for, even celebrating perfection, anything less is considered unnatural and unworthy. Although a personality trait, perfectionism has been recognised as a multidimensional construct by researchers (Curran & Hill, 2019). Hewitt and Flett (1991) categorised perfectionism into three categories namely- self-oriented perfectionism, other-oriented perfectionism, and prescribed perfectionism. Self-oriented perfectionism is characterised by a tendency of individuals to set extremely high, sometimes even unrealistic expectations of themselves, being self-critical, fearful of failure, and averse to making mistakes. It consists of an individual’s desire to appear flawless or demanding of themselves a higher quality of performance than what is required (Beheshtifar et al., 2011). Researchers have argued that this type of perfectionism often...

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Ishita Malhotra Dr. Moitrayee Das

is final year Undergraduate student FLAME University, Pune.

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Ishita Malhotra Dr. Moitrayee Das

is final year Undergraduate student FLAME University, Pune.

Dr. Moitrayee Das

is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at FLAME University, Pune

April 2024

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