Perfectionism has always been considered a positive quality – if you set yourself high standards you are most likely to be successful whether it is at your job, in your marriage or in every other aspect of your life. However, according to psychologists excessive perfectionism can lead to a number of diseases including insomnia, irritable bowel disease, heart disease and even early death.
The explanation is simple as perfectionism is strongly related to stress. If one is never happy with their achievements and always striving for more, it makes the body release certain stress hormones. If it is a way of life and keeps happening for years on and on, the body gradually gets used to it but it doesn’t mean that it is not causing it any harm. Psychologists state that the healthiest attitude to life would be a more laid-back one. Also, accepting that not everyone and everything can be perfect is a positive attitude which is expected to benefit a person’s health and even increase their life expectancy.