Being Perfectionist Might Take A Toll On Health

July 13th, 2010 - 6:50 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
aJuly 13, (THAINDIAN NEWS) If you thought that a perfectionist is perfect in all spheres of life, from professional works to his personal life and even in the sphere of health then a recent study proves otherwise. A study published in a recent science website reveals that although being perfectionist might help one to get accolades in professional life, there are chances that it might take a negative toll on the health by adding performance related anxiety and stress. The report has linked perfectionism to poor health and increased risk of death.

While there are many people who try to maintain perfectionism in life by adopting a healthy routine, the problem seems to be lying elsewhere. The researchers say that perfectionists suffer from a mental stress when things do not progress as planned by them. Adding to the problem is the fact that perfectionists many a times fail to ask for help, as they feel that it will only show their imperfections. Psychology professor Prem Fry of the Trinity Western University said that “Perfectionism is a virtue to be extolled definitely”, but beyond a certain “threshold” level perfectionism backfires and intern becomes an impediment. Prem Fry and his associates who have gone forward with the study have found that those with high perfectionism scores have a 51% increased chances of dying early as compared to other individuals who had lower perfectionism scores.

However, all is not so grim about being a perfectionist. As per reports, a perfectionist ends up taking more care about his health than an easy-going lax human being. They not only keep a check of their blood sugar levels but also follow a strict diet plan that can help Type 2 diabetes cases.

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