When I talk about perfectionism, I like to contrast it with what we call healthy striving. Healthy striving has to do with working hard and reaching for lofty goals. Healthy strivers set goals that maximize their potential; they work hard, and they are often very high achieving. …Perfectionists, on the other hand, have unrealistic standards and define their self-worth by productivity. ("I'm worthy only when I'm perfect.")
Kathryn Byars, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of the Triangle Area Psychology Clinic also know as the TAP Clinic. Dr. Byars' has vast training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), but she is most passionate about working with individuals struggling with perfectionism and shame. Check out her bio for more information about Dr. Byars' expertise.
TAP Clinic: https://www.tapclinicnc.com/