For some people, perfectionism sometimes seems a good thing, especially when everything is perfect. For many people, however, perfectionism is a significant source of distress. Although bosses, friends, spouses, parents, and others may reward you or congratulate you for looking perfect or for achieving perfection, the costs of pursuing perfection are often high. Perfectionism is tied to stress, anxiety, depression, self-criticism, relationship problems, eating disorders, low self-esteem, workplace problems (for example, procrastination), never feeling satisfied, and fear of failure.
With increasing research on perfectionism, assessment tools and therapeutic interventions have become available to help those experiencing problems with perfectionism.
For more information on perfectionism and binge eating, see A study on Perfectionism and Binge Eating .