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Perfectionism Coping Skills Handout

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Overcoming the need for perfection entails viewing mistakes as opportunities for growth rather than triggers for negative feelings. In the context of OCD, individuals may experience an intensified drive for perfection due to the condition's intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. This urge for perfection may also be fueled by societal pressures, academic expectations, and comparisons with peers, which can be exacerbated by social media.

The Perfectionism Coping Skills Handout guides clients to recognize the unrealistic standards they set for themselves and adopt healthier attitudes toward mistakes and flaws. It communicates the downsides of perfectionism and introduces the IMPERFECT tips, which can serve as a framework to help challenge perfectionist beliefs and behaviors.

Kids and teens using this handout may learn to see mistakes as valuable learning opportunities and understand that their worth is not defined by achieving perfection. To complement the strategies from the handout, caring adults may encourage activities that prioritize effort and growth over perfection.

For instance, children can dedicate time to hobbies or interests where enjoyment is the main focus—such as experimenting with different art techniques or exploring new sports.

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  2. Shafran, R., & Mansell, W. (2001). Perfectionism and psychopathology: A review of research and treatment. Clinical Psychology Review, 21(6), 879-906. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0272-7358(00)00072-6
  3. Vormwald, N. (2014). Perfectionism and self-vulnerabilities in obsessive-compulsive and eating difficulties. Swinburne University of Technology.
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