Perfectionism is one of those qualities that sound like a total positive on the surface, but is generally not a very good trait to have in reality. Basically, there are two kinds of perfectionism. There’s the healthy kind, which is a largely positive force, as it allows one’s ideals and visions to propel personal growth. And then there’s the neurotic perfectionist who is really just all sorts of annoying extremism, having idealized visions that are often unreasonable.
While the world could use more of the healthy kind of perfectionists, it is, unfortunately, overrun by the latter kind. This type of perfectionism is replete with issues that can hinder personal growth. The downsides of being a neurotic perfectionist are indeed plenty, and here are some of the more common ones:
As much as you think that you do an amazing job by being a perfectionist, it’s actually the very opposite. In fact, it’s extremely counter-productive. This is because as a perfectionist, you will likely spend a lot of time fussing over the tiniest and most inconsequential details – time, by the way, that could be better used working on other tasks. This inevitably makes you a less efficient worker.
Perfectionists tend to think that anything they bring to the table is valuable. More often than not, however, it can be unnecessary, or worse, it can ruin things. This is why many so-called perfectionists tend to over-clutter their presentations and provide information that are complete useless.
Perfectionists have an innate tendency to overcomplicate tasks. In short, they make things bigger and more difficult than they really are. They also have very unrealistic expectations for results. This is why they are wont to put things off intentionally, supposedly waiting for the “right” time and conditions to start putting in the work.
As we’ve already mentioned, perfectionists tend to get caught up in the most minute and inconsequential details. This hinders them from seeing the big picture. This kind of myopic view is the very reason why most perfectionists never truly become visionaries. They get way too caught up with the end result that they completely disregard the process and the lessons that they could potentially pick up along the way.
Perfectionists are generally a lot more stressed than non-perfectionists. They sacrifice a lot of essential things, such as sleep and recreation in favor of work. Not only that, they are constantly frustrated and replete with negative emotions because they are always worrying about outcomes and obsessing about things that could go wrong. This constant anxiety is not only detrimental to one’s mental health, but also has multitudes of physical and emotional effects, too.
Although it may seem like perfectionists are more successful, they actually aren’t. As a matter of fact, their career and personal growth tend to stagnate because they simply can’t move past certain situations and are just not open to alternative contexts. It is, indeed, safe to say that perfectionists are their own worst enemies because they rob their own selves of the chance to grow.