To all my perfectionistic friends and colleagues,
I often come across Doctors, Registrars and Medical Students who are perfectionistic in nature and that is not necessarily a problem. In actual fact, I think it's a great thing! Doctors should have high standards.
However, my statement comes with a few conditions.........
- A perfectionist who is self critical and fear failure can be extremely self destructive.
- A perfectionist who is self critical, fear failure but have lots of skills will get away with it until the day when they are faced with a situation where they do not have the skills eg in parenting and relationships.
- A perfectionist who is self compassionate, self reflective but not self critical, and who understands that failures and mistakes are pathways to success will go a long way.
I wish you all the very best.
(PS Please pass this on to other fellow perfectionists if you find the above helpful and thank you for spreading the word.)