The link between perfectionism and other mental and emotional problems

I found this very helpful and insightful. It comes from Irish therapist Jim O’Shea’s site.. and it describes other disorders that go along with the trait of perfectionism that comes from insecure attachment.

Fear of abandonment –

fear of failure –

social fear –

toxic jealousy –

envy –

toxic anger/rage –

depression –

anxiety and panic attacks –

controlling impulse –

internal unease –

impatience –

self-loathing –

separation difficulties –

chronic stress –

suicidal ideation –

poor concentration –

lack of meaning –

procrastination –

difficulty finishing assignments –

magical thinking –

body image problems –

negative outlook –

negative thinking –

stress related illnesses –

avoidance mechanisms –

worry –

competitiveness –

aggression –

lack of assertiveness –

people pleasing –

taking in the feelings of others –

low self-esteem –

emptiness –

addictions –

sadness –

existential loneliness –

shame –

poor boundaries –

difficulty in meeting the challenges of life development stages –

fear of ageing –

insecurity –

frozen feelings –

lack of empathy –

compulsive behaviours –

possible promiscuity –

dissociation –

eating disorders –

inability to self-soothe –

an emotional or soul wound –

feeling unloved/unwanted –

feeling unlovable –

warped perspective –

lethargy –

being driven –

impaired immune system –

physical illnesses from stress response systems (heart problems, diabetes, blood pressure etc.) –

abusiveness –

psychosomatic complaints.

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