This is a common issue in NYC which is full of high achievers. While perfectionism may aid work success it can make for exhaustion, poor self-esteem and unhappiness in one’s personal life. Perfectionists tend to look at what needs to be improved and rarely give themselves credit for their own strengths and successes.
Therapy helps increase self-esteem and brings attention to this cognitive style that often perpetuates unhappiness. Over time the client is better able to maintain positive self-talk, to appreciate his or her accomplishments and to perform optimally with the occasional mistake and still be happy. Ideally one’s sense of self-worth is more globally based and more unconditional than just being tied to work accomplishments.