Why perfectionism is a coping mechanism

 The first step in letting go of perfectionism is to understand it. This blog post helps you understand why perfectionism is a coping mechanism, so you can stop being a perfectionist. Plus, there's a free workbook! Overcoming perfectionism / recovering perfectionist / perfectionism quotes / perfectionism inspiration / progress not perfection / perfectionist / perfectionism definition / let go of perfectionism / stop being a perfectionist



Hey friend! As you know, there are a ton of resources on The Gratefulist Blog helping you to leave behind the perfectionism hustle through breaking down what perfectionism is and how it negatively affects you and outlining why letting go of perfectionism is so important.

But I’ve never really shared why perfectionism affected me so much and how it became a coping mechanism, like it does for many creatives.

That’s why I'm sharing my story over on the Real Female Entrepreneur podcast.

Lauren Frontiera, the host of the Real Female Entrepreneur podcast, is such a ray of sunshine and so much fun to talk to. Here’s what Lauren had to say about our interview:

“Perfectionism isn't just a personality trait. It's a coping mechanism we use to cover up what's really going on inside - hurt. In this episode, I sit down with Wendy de Jong of The Gratefulist to dive into what perfectionism really this. In our conversation, Wendy peeled back the layers of perfectionism and really blew my mind. She talks about what the root of perfectionism really is, the two core birthplaces of perfectionism, and why it seems to affect females so deeply. Wendy also opens up about her childhood and how she's used perfectionism in her own life to cope. It's a goooood one - one of my favorites, if I'm being honest.”

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Prefer to read? Then, hop on over here to see why I believe perfectionism is a coping mechanism (and what to do about it).


Are you inspired by my story and ready to let go of your perfectionism? Make sure to download my FREE 20+ page, step-by-step, perfectionism-busting workbook. Just click the button below!



Hi there! I’m Wendy, perfectionism coach and host of the #perfectionistproblems community for recovering perfectionists. I’m insanely passionate about helping you overcome your perfectionism, so that you can stop caring so much about what other people think and finally take on those dream projects that you've been putting off for so long.