The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

How perfectionism undermines achievement in the modern world—and other meditations on striving for a life with no mistakes.

Superwoman Is a Fictional Character

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.
Why women shouldn't expect themselves to be perfect.

Forget Your Perfect Offering

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D.
Words of healing for perfectionists.

On the Benefits of Failure

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
Failure is nothing to be ashamed of!

Are You Embarrassed?

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Embarrassment and guilt stem from holding yourself to unrealistic standards

Is Your Work "Good Enough"?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Try these when your inner critic keeps you from moving forward.

Why Do We Backseat Drive? A Brain Perspective

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D.
Anterior cingulate cortex could drive the impulse to backseat drive.

Seeking Your “Ideal” Self in Cosmetic Surgery

By Peter Noel Murray Ph.D.
Be careful before you trade in your “real” self for an “ideal”

The Vicious Triangle of Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Depression

By Victoria Maxwell
4 Tips for conquering perfectionistic procrastination paralysis.

Imperfectly Happy

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D.
Embracing imperfection

Maybe You Only Need to Be Good at One Thing

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
I have a problem with GPA and other overall evaluations

The Romance of College Graduation

By Laurie Essig Ph.D.
Recent grads can get trapped in the quest for perfection if they're not careful.

Do You Experience "Fear of Missing Out" at Midlife?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D.
What have you missed out on, and what are you now facing in the future?

Struggling with Scrupulosity

By Fletcher Wortmann
Faith is never enough for religious OCD

Raising “Star” Children: The Pressure May Be Too Great

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
China sends a strong message to all parents.

Want Marriage Problems? Expect Your Spouse to Be Perfect

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
6 reasons why you may sometimes get too critical, and what you can do to change

Do you have BDD (body dysmorphic disorder)?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
Changes in the DSM-5 may change your diagnosis

The American Nightmare

By Lauren Sandler
Why aren't we happy living the American Dream?

Jessica Anya Blau: The Word That Changed my Life

By Jennifer Haupt
The power of learning to say "no."

Why You Should Make Mistakes on Purpose

By Barbara Markway Ph.D.
We can confront our fears by making mistakes intentionally.

What Flavor of Perfectionist Are You? It Matters!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D.
Perfectionism comes in at least two flavors.

Can Perfectionism Lead You to Overeat?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Ph.D.
An unexpected consequence of perfectionism: binge eating