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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Perfectionism, Anxiety, and OCD

Perfectionism, Anxiety, & OCD. Perfectionism. Can I make this good enough? Anxiety. Will they even care? And Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)... is it obsessive to be anxious about being perfect? Are these separate, or do they all intertwine? Can you have one without the other? Or is it a matter of shades of gray...? What are some tools and approaches to help us deal with our gifted realities, being good enough, reducing our anxiety, and trying not to obsess? Learn here!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Perfectionism, Anxiety and Thoughts from the Mental Trenches.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics. Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

When Perfectionism, Anxiety, Empathy, and Expectations Collide — Gifted in Portugal by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
Some thoughts from Ricardo of Portugal:
“All my life I was driven, motivated, sensitive, intense, and hyperactive. I always cried easily with music, a memory, a movie or a person or animal suffering. I have always searched for beauty in my life and I always felt different, emotionally and cognitively. I always liked the positive things about myself – the energy and intensity of feeling, the intelligence of my out of the box arguments – but I always wanted to eradicate my anxiety and my worries. In a way, I guess that I have been afraid of my brain – its intensity and its hyperactivity in making so many driven thoughts…”
Do gifted children struggle with anxiety? by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Are gifted kids really more anxious than others? Are they more likely to be perfectionists, overthinkers, and emotionally reactive?

Most research (e.g., see Neihart) has found that gifted children, as a whole, are no more prone to anxiety than anyone else. In fact, some suggest that there is greater psychological resiliency among the gifted. Dabrowski's overexcitabilities are not generalizable to all gifted people. Not every gifted child or adult is emotionally reactive, sensitive or an overthinker.

But don't tell that to the parent - or teacher - of that anxious, highly sensitive gifted child, the one having melt-downs over social injustice, or a...
Perfectionism, Anxiety, and OCD by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
I have written previously about Panic Disorder, which, for me, was the most extreme form of anxiety I have ever experienced. I hope none of you have to go through anything like it. It led me to investigate anxiety in depth, starting with a book called, The Anxiety Disease, by David Sheehan. It’s not high on the bestsellers list at Amazon, but it helped me come to terms with something that didn’t make any sense.

Last night, when I lay awake at midnight worrying about all the things I had to do, I realized my perfectionism was part of my problem...
The Scarlet Letter P: How Perfectionism and Procrastination are Intertwined by Aurora Remember
In high school when we read the Scarlet Letter, we had an assignment where we had to pick a letter to represent one of our own faults or weaknesses. I picked the letter P for both Procrastination AND Perfectionism. My teacher believed the procrastination part but refused to believe the perfectionism part.

What she didn’t understand that the procrastination had it’s origins in perfectionism...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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