Perfectionism – Nina


I chose this topic because many people deal with this problem. This is a relevant topic to me because I always want to be perfect. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one. Proof of my perfectionism is that it’s March 8, and my Health Buzz isn’t due till April 21. I cringe every time I see a classmate forget homework, or when I see really messy lockers. I am also interested in how people are able to be okay, with okay. Another symptom I have is that I am always unhappy with my body. I stare at myself in the mirror and see all the things I want to change, I actually eat less than the amount that I can actually eat. This is really important because it adds stress, and stress is hardly ever good for you. This affects teens because the stress of homework and school adds to the stress of perfectionism. Always wanting to get the best grades, and finishing homework way ahead of time, dieting to look like thin. These could actually be unhealthy for a functioning student.

A new thing that I’ve learned from this topic is that perfectionism could be both good and bad. Wanting good grades and being organize is good right? It’s bad when one takes it to the extremes, like staying up til 3am to study for a test the next month. Perfectionists also can have eating disorders, because of the want to have the perfect body. Some signs of perfectionism may be; Always eager to please, unhappy with average, You create strict rules for yourself, and you beat yourself up. High-achieving athletes, scientists, and artists often show signs of perfectionism. This changes my thinking because now I know that I need to relax a little more. I actually was supposed to do this topic about my uncle, until I realized that I have symptoms of perfectionism.

This picture shows the thinking of a perfectionist.

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