Do you struggle with wanting everything to be perfect? That is a tough road to navigate, especially alone. Today’s episode is all about perfectionism, and how being a perfectionist can have negative impacts on your life and on how you see yourself. To give insight we have Dr. Laura Sproch, a clinical psychologist, on the show to talk about ways you can work on yourself for a more positive lifestyle. She also talks about body image, and the power of acceptance. Listen to the episode for tips on how to live a more accepting lifestyle.
- Laura talks about what perfectionism is, and how it affects you.
- Striving to be perfect in all things, and how that leads to failure
- How aiming for perfection can keep us from taking risks
- Identifying where the “fear of failure” comes from.
Dr. Laura Sproch is a licensed clinical psychologist who acts as Research Coordinator and outpatient individual, family, and group therapist at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, MD. Currently, Dr. Sproch is initiating treatment outcome studies, managing quality improvement projects, and developing novel research projects in an effort to contribute to the field’s understanding of effective eating disorder treatment methods. Dr. Sproch received her Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY where she completed her dissertation examining cognitive similarities between differential eating disorder diagnoses. Dr. Sproch originally joined the CED team in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow on the inpatient and partial hospitalization units acting as a family, individual, and group therapist for adults, adolescents, and children struggling with eating disorders. She has also worked at other specialized eating disorder facilities, including Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and ‘Ai Pono: The Anorexia and Bulimia Center of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI. Her professional interests also include cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based treatment, psychological assessment, school psychology, and telemedicine.
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt
Sheppard Pratt Online Self-Assessment
The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas Cash, PhD
When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism by Martin M Antony, PhD and Richard P. Swinson (MD)
Take a Small Step:
- If you feel like you’re struggling with perfectionism, the first step is to monitor your perfectionism.
- Approach a small project and say, “I’m going to do an average job at this” then identify the advantages of focusing less on that task, and providing room for more tasks.
- Work towards acceptance, and not an unrealistic idea of yourself.
- Don’t let social media standards change the standards you have built for yourself.