The Science and Soul of Living Well

Signs of perfectionism: A guided self-assessment

September 7, 2021

This week's episode is the second episode in a three-part series on perfectionism. This episode is intended to give you an opportunity to dive more deeply into different domains of your life (e.g., physical appearance, physical fitness, profession, hobbies/vocation, parenting/mentorship, relationships, sexual life, physical environment, vulnerability, relationship to time and space, relationship to success, self-worth/beliefs) and to thoughtfully and non-judgmentally consider some of your tendencies and ways in which they may rise to the level of perfectionism, even if in subtle ways. Reflecting on perfectionistic patterns and ways they both do and don’t serve you helps you live more intentionally. With this increased awareness and insight, you then have the power to make changes in any areas of your life in which perfectionistic tendencies no longer serve you. Don't forget to tune into the third and final part of this series for some concrete strategies on breaking through cycles of perfectionism.

Additional Resources & Information

  1. Download the free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" that accompanies this 3-part perfectionism series:

  2. If you're interested in personalized support in understanding and breaking through patterns of perfectionism, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit feels right, apply today for one of my final 2 spots for 2021:

  3. If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, please feel free to email me at to set-up a time to connect. I'd love to hear from you!

  4. For more strategies that can support you in managing perfectionistic tendencies, check out my free 4-part video series on building resilience:

  5. Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on gaining insight into and addressing perfectionistic tendencies.

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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