How to address maladaptive perfectionism and regret
Age 22, TC 150k, 11 months
I’m extremely maladaptive perfectionist to the point that its affecting my health. I am no longer productive due to the depression that psychological state has caused. As a result I over complicate and stress over things that aren’t priority and underestimate deadlines and things of importance because of behavioral avoidance and fear of failure, and I’m socially isolating myself and thoughts of regret continually fill my mind, primarily regarding my own abilities, about my career. This impacts me at work as I can not pinpoint what is important to see what I want to seek clarity in; everything is important to the perfectionist.
Let’s talk about my regrets:
I regret when I graduated early I didn’t start working immediately in December and instead decided to build out my startup, which failed to go anywhere, and I lost my competitive advantage and the 5 months of TC. I can’t change this.
I regret for not developing better organization and learning habits in college because I cheated through most courses. I don’t know how to learn. I can improve this.
I regret for not enjoying reading and being inept at communicating, especially thinking in the other party’s shoes. I can improve this.
I regret for having such a negative mentality. I regret for always regretting. I caused a lot of pain for those who mattered to me and influenced their behaviors as well. I can improve this.
I regret not not gaining more mentorship and guidance by asking more earlier on. I don’t ask because sometimes I don’t feel comfortable asking because I have the fear of rejection, of people ignoring my questions and ideas.