The Anxiety Series, Part IV, Conclusion, That Self-Inflicted Disorder, Perfectionism


Reasonable, Healthy Thinking:

– A person has an everyday goal of having one’s attire pulled together, looking presentable;

– Wanting to live in a safer, cleaner neighborhood;

– Eye-balling job tasks more than a few instances before turning in completed assignment to the boss when proficiencies are of import, and

– Parents sending their children to better schools so that offspring can have a quality educational experience.


Unreasonable, Unhealthy Thinking:

– Anyone who is anybody wears these designer clothes;

– Wanting to live at a certain zip code where “important” people reside;

– Failing to turn in job assignment to the boss within the deadline because worker is proofing to the extreme, and

– Parents demanding offspring receive all A’s on report cards.


These are foolish and damaging thought patterns and behaviors, which will result with somebody experiencing a mental health disorder.

Tabaka (2017) has a narrative about how perfection can wreck an individual’s mental health, and how dissimilar these traits are in comparison to high-achieving people in, 8 Signs You’re A Perfectionist (And Why It’s Toxic To Your Mental Health).




Tabaka, M. (2017).  8 Signs You’re A Perfectionist (And Why It’s Toxic To Your Mental Health).  Retrieved From


New Year’s Resolutions – Celebrating Short-Term Goals

Many people this time of year have objectives they wish to meet, then they become overwhelming, creating “generalized anxiety”, and quickly burdensome.  That needn’t happen.  Reasonable goals are 90% mental preparation and 10% physical in bringing them into fruition.  Which is why each goal should be broken down into increments.  An example is the person who desires to lose weight.  They should have in mind how they wish to pursue weight reduction, and quietly congratulate themselves after that first five pounds, and then subsequent equal amounts of weight loss.  This method can also be used for the individual making home renovations.  Each room improvement can become a victory towards the completed residential makeover.  Also, the individual deciding to pursue college shouldn’t view four years nearly as long as they originally thought.  Each completed course is a step closer in receiving their diploma.

If we’re not careful negative moods can control our brains.  Thinking differently with a positive mindset is an important measure in removing unnecessary anxiety from all of our lives.