How to Cope with Perfectionism in a Culture That Promotes It

How to Cope with Perfectionism in a Culture That Promotes It

When you live in the heart of Silicon Valley, being a perfectionist is almost the norm. Those around you are working for the richest companies in America with the highest standards. They are working upwards of 14-17 hour days all the while making it seem like they have it all together. And while some people can get by just fine under this pressure, most are not. As a dietitian and health coach for a couple big tech companies, I have seen this first hand. Those who have just as high inner expectations as outer are crumbling due to their perfectionistic ways. As someone who is a recovering perfectionist, I make sure that I do all I can to not fall into this bucket while working in a space that can whole heartedly take advantage of it. I am lucky to say I don’t have huge demands, no large deadlines, but being a medical professional, I can be subject to burnout quick from seeing too many patients without breaks, taking on a lot of what my patients bring. In this post, I wanted to explore what I think should be talked about more when it comes to perfectionism.