About the Perfectionist Personality Subself
Do you know anyone who feels they must "be perfect" in their appearan-ce, behavior, relationships, and activities? Such adults and kids are harsh self-critics, and often assume other people (like parents) will judge them bad-ly for being imperfect. Trying to do your best is usually good, within reason. Expecting yourself to excel at everything all the time is self-abusive. It breeds win/lose relationships, relentless frustration and guilts, anxieties, self-scorn, and trouble accepting merited praise.
To survive traumatic (low nurturance) early years, typical kids automatical-ly develop this protective Guardian subself. Its sole function is to prevent more shame, guilt, and rejection by "being perfect." This subself insists that perfec-tion is to be expected, and deserves no praise.
The Perfectionist, Inner Critic, and Pleaser subselves scathingly label anything less than perfection (according to them) as being shameful, awful, and despicable, no matter what anyone else says. People controlled by a well-meaning Perfectionist often say "I can't help it!" This is a sure symptom of a disabled true Self.
People who seek to recover from false-self wounds learn to accept that ex-pecting perfection in themselves and others is unrealistic and often damages self-esteem, relationships, and health.