Perfectionism: Relationship Between Unrealistic Goals and Procrastination

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Perfectionism may seem like a common attitude towards success for many people. However, this approach can lead individuals to unrealistic goals and expectations. This situation can pave the way for psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and self-hatred. Additionally, the tendency towards perfectionism can lead to constant procrastination, reducing productivity.

Perfectionism can be defined as an attitude that directs individuals to achieve perfection. However, achieving these goals often relies on unrealistic expectations. Perfectionist individuals become frustrated when they have difficulty meeting the standards they impose on themselves. This can lead to low self-esteem and negative feelings towards oneself.

Perfectionism can also trigger procrastination habits. Because a person can constantly postpone tasks, believing that he cannot complete the job perfectly. This can negatively impact job performance and increase stress in the long run. Constantly postponing the work to be done can further deepen the perfectionist individual’s fear of failure.

The tendency towards perfectionism can also affect social relationships. An individual who constantly focuses on his own expectations may tend to impose the same standards on those around him. This can lead to tensions and communication problems in relationships.

At this point, ways to deal with perfectionism become important. Individuals setting realistic goals, learning to accept success and failure, and being flexible in completing work on time can be effective in combating perfectionism.

Getting started is always taking a step forward. Starting without expecting to be perfect offers people new journeys. Each individual must acquire a unique perspective of reasonable perfection. In this way, people can both start and produce near-perfect work.

As a result, perfectionism can lead individuals to unrealistic goals and procrastination, causing psychological problems. Being aware of this attitude and developing healthy coping mechanisms can improve an individual’s quality of life and help them maintain their psychological health.

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