Is Your Perfectionism Helpful or Harmful?

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By Leah Brignall

There are two types of perfectionists, maladaptive and adaptive. A maladaptive perfectionist has a hard time coping with mistakes or the possibility of making mistakes. This can negatively interfere with their motivation to try new things, along with their ability to perform everyday tasks and complete goals. On the other hand, an adaptive perfectionist can use realistic goals to boost productivity, learn, and grow. Check out the article, Successful Imperfection to find out which type of perfectionist you are.

As you learn more about your thought processes you can find solutions to perfectionistic problems. Often times perfectionism and anxiety are intertwined. Seeing a therapist and getting an outside perspective on your inner thoughts can be very helpful!

#psychlopedia – Perfectionism

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Perfectionism is common and can at times leads to severe anxiety and even depression. Feeling as though the only acceptable way to be is “perfect” is a huge burden to carry. There are so many imperfect things that happen daily, many of them out of our control. The idea of being perfect all the time is one that is unrealistic. Finding help to change your thought processes and accept imperfections can be a great relief of pressure in life!

What is Making Americans so Anxious?

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By Leah Brignall

When working on lowering your levels of anxiety, it is a good idea to begin by pinpointing some of the factors that might be causing your anxiety to rise. This article, American Anxiety, by Dr. Renee Garfinkel discusses some aspects of life that may be causing higher anxiety in the American people as a whole. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Could they be causing you to feel more anxious? Check out what she has to say and note the things that make sense in your life. This can be a good talking point during counseling sessions. How can you lessen the impact that these anxiety triggers have on your life?

#psychlopedia – Anxiety

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There are many different situations in which you might feel anxiety. You could be excited about something that is going to happen, or worried. When you are anxious, you are likely “living in the future” or focusing your attention on a future event rather than the present. Anxiety can be defined as:

“a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”

August: Managing Stress and Anxiety

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For many people, the end of summer is a time that can be especially stressful. With students returning to school, vacations ending, and activities starting, there is a lot going on! That is why this month our blog will focus on stress and anxiety. We will discuss what can cause anxiety, how your body might react, and what you can do to help yourself. Stress and anxiety are very common and there are so many strategies on how to manage. Stay tuned for more posts on the subject!