My mom used to tell me that during job interviews, when asked her what her worst quality was, she’d answer that she was a perfectionist. It makes sense: Perfectionism can be viewed as a very positive thing by employers, who want their employees to make as few mistakes as possible. But for the person who actually is a perfectionist, life can get a little crazy.
Recent research has shown that people who are extreme perfectionists are likely to develop certain mental health problems, such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They are also likely to develop substance abuse problems.
I think this brings up an important issue, especially for college age women, who push themselves to look amazing, feel amazing and be amazing every day. Wanting to be your best, especially in one or two areas of your life, is normal and can make you feel accomplished and happy. But, make sure to take a step back every now and then and remember what is truly important (like your sanity!). Allow yourself to make mistakes and to learn from them. You can’t be number one all the time!
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