Are you a Perfectionist?
Free Quiz to help you find out!
Are you a perfectionist? You may have just spent hours putting the finishing touches on your latest blog post - or you may have been told you are being unrealistic for the millionth time.
These moments can leave all of us wondering “Wait, am I a perfectionist?!”
There are some benefits to being a perfectionist - these individuals tend to have great attention to detail and are often highly intelligent and motivated. However, there’s a dark side to perfectionism too...and if you are suffering from perfectionism - you need to keep an eye out for anything that might trigger sever self criticism or burnout.
That’s why I’ve created this Free Quiz, to help you discover if you are a perfectionist. So take the quiz now to find out how you score!
How to Use the Quiz
This quiz walks you through ten quick questions, each of which is designed to explore a different element of perfectionism.
There are multiple choice, true false, and scaled questions. Each is designed to have you think about things in a different way - and get the best picture of your tendencies.
This quiz examines:
- Goal Setting
- Self Criticism
- Coping Mechanisms
- Reviewing Work
- Realistic Expectations
- All or nothing thinking
- Receiving feedback
After completing the quiz - you will get a percentage score which will indicate how much of a perfectionist you are on a scale of 1 - 100%.
- If you score between 70 - 100 % you are DEFINITELY a perfectionist
- If you score between 50 - 70 % you are MOST LIKELY a perfectionist
- If you score between 30 - 50 % you exhibit some perfectionist tendencies
- If you score below 30 % you aren’t a perfectionist.
What do I do with my results?
As a Life Coach, I work with perfectionists everyday. I’ve noticed it can be tricky to accept the label of perfectionism, and the negative connotations that come with it. People are happy to be seen as “overachievers” and “highly detail oriented” individuals who produce “perfect” results - but this isn’t the reality of the situation.
Perfectionists also struggle with insecurity issues, that stem from associating their value with how well they are able to meet (or exceed) their perception of other people’s expectations. The cycle of getting praise and recognition for over extending yourself, followed by periods of burnout are really hard to navigate, especially if you tie your self-worth to what you can produce.
Dr. Anne Wilson Schaef, a best selling author on mental health, said “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order”.
While this may seem extreme, the traits of perfectionism including: excessively high personal standards, unrealistic expectations and all or nothing thinking create the perfect storm for someone who attributes their personal value to visual accomplishments.
If your worth is determined by how well you “achieve” but you always set yourself up so that “achievement” is unrealistic - how would you expect to feel?
The great news about perfectionism is that it doesn’t actually have to be a label.
Perfectionism is a set of tendencies that influence how we think and perceive situations. Those elements are not part of our personality - they are just methods we have adopted along the way.
You can choose to change your outlook - and in the process start to distance yourself from perfectionism and the feeling of being trapped by the pursuit of the perfect outcome.
This is a great blog post on how you can overcome perfectionist tendencies, with some quick and easy tricks to get you started.
If you’re currently experiencing burnout due to your perfectionism - don’t let the cycle start again!! Take a minute to read this post on how to get yourself out of burnout. I’ve also created a free guide that accompanies the article so you can create a tailor made plan to fit your unique situation.
Remember, if you did find out you were a perfectionist after taking this quiz - that’s okay! It’s just a snapshot of where you are now, at this moment in your life. It doesn’t mean you need to accept the perfectionist ways of thinking and feeling going forward, as you get to choose how you want to live your life. So who do you want to become?
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