Ep 13 The Patterns of Perfectionism

Learn about the effects of perfectionism from Clinical Psychologist Jennifer Kemp so you can better take care of yourself and others. In this interesting episode, Meg and Jennifer discuss perfectionism and re-examining your core values to lessen the negative impacts of perfectionism in your life.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • Learning to identify when perfectionism is problematic and what can be done to fix the issue. 
  • How to get comfortable with the discomfort of being imperfect for better wellbeing.
  • Diving into the concept of mistakes and how you can embrace and learn from them in powerful ways.

Why you should listen

Perfectionism can show up in your life in a variety of ways. Even procrastination is a form of perfectionism anxiety! Listen in now to learn about the good and bad sides of perfectionism. You’ll discover why focusing on being perfect inhibits your ability to be present and tools you can use to refocus. You’ll also learn more about self-compassion, the power of positive self-talk and other key ways to be kinder to yourself and others.

Helpful Strategies

  • Talk to yourself as a compassionate and caring teacher would talk to a student.
  • Remember the ‘why’ – why are you doing what you’re doing?
  • Practice being present in the moment rather than thinking ten steps ahead.

You can quote us on that…

“You’re constantly setting your standards just out of reach and then basing how you feel about yourself on that.”

Jennifer Kemp

“With perfectionism, any kind of mistake becomes shameful and needs to be avoided at all costs.”

Jennifer Kemp

“A big problem with perfectionism is getting caught up with little things that don’t actually make that much of a difference.”

Jennifer Kemp


Jennifer Kemp – Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram

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Book: The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism

Activity: Two Teachers Metaphor

E-Book: Understanding Perfectionism

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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