Those of us in the helping professions often feel that we are expected to be perfect but realistically we know from experience that it is not possible. If we have an inborn tendency to be perfectionists on top of that, we may struggle with trying to be the best at everything we do. After all, there is a great deal at stake when others are counting on us to help them.
Perfectionism is a trait that gives us a preference for order, organization, timeliness, people pleasing, success and yes, perfection. When a perfectionist is stressed out, they will do more and take on more in the hope that the feeling of relief will follow once the goal is accomplished or the project finished. The problem is that it is never enough. Once we finish something we see the flaws in it or look to something else that needs to be done.