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When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Coping with Perfectionism


Maja Triantafilou, M.A., LCPC, offers strategies for managing perfectionistic tendencies in a healthy way.

Product Description


Perfectionism, in its positive form, is a healthy desire to achieve high standards, and it gives us energy to accomplish great things. In the extreme, however, it can have a negative effect on psychological health and our ability to minister effectively. Maja Triantafilou, M.A., LCPC, explores the origins and impact of perfectionist behavior and offers strategies for managing this tendency in a healthy way.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Learn the key characteristics of perfectionism, including the origins, types and impact on behavior;
  2. Explore how perfectionism interacts with specific psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and
  3. Identify strategies for managing perfectionist tendencies more effectively.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. Is my perfectionism healthy, or does it impair my ability to function?
  2. What is driving my perfectionist behavior?
  3. Do I have trouble meeting my own standards? Can I accept imperfection?