The Nourished Nervous System Podcast

Episode  41 - Perfectionism is a Form of Chronic Stresss 

 Hosted by Kristen Timchak          

Did you know that studies show that in the past few decades there has been a 30% increase in people exhibiting perfectionist traits?  

I never considered myself a perfectionist but I am starting to see areas of my life where I have a perfectionist mindset and how paralyzing it has been for me.

And I believe that perfectionism is a form of chronic stress that is rooted in a belief of "not enough"

In this episode:

  • What exactly is perfectionism?
  • Why "healthy perfectionism" is a myth
  • ¬†Perfectionism as way of thinking of yourself vs. a set of behaviors
  • How perfectionism has held me back in being seen and heard
  • Three types of perfectionism
  • Perfectionism in parenting
  • Perfectionism is aggravated pitta in the mind
  • Compassion as an antidote for perfectionism

Related Episodes:

Being With What Is (in life and relationships) with Chandra Cantor
Oh Pitta, You're Hot!
Parenting is Hard
Why What You Think Matters
The Nuts and Bolts of the Stress Response Cycle (and how to complete it)


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Ruggeri, A. (2018, February 20). The Dangerous Downsides of Perfectionism. BBC.

Cherry, K. (2023, March 6). What Is Perfectionism? (Definition and Examples). Explore Psychology.


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