Perfectionism: What are the causes of Perfectionism?

Updated: Jun 10

1. GENETICS - Perfectionism is partly Inherited & Env: 30% inheritability in girls, 23% in boys 2. ENVIRONMENT - Socially prescribed perfectionism heritability of 42% in girls,

38% in boys. 3. FEAR - Perfectionism is often driven by fear of judgment or disapproval

(often self-imposed)

4. TRAUMA - Perfectionism can start as early as 3 or 4 in childhood in the form of trauma

5. MENTAL HEALTH - Perfectionism starts young & is about unrealistic & mentally harmful standards.

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