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Perfectionistic tendencies can mask depression and that fact alone explains so much of what we see in perfectionists and how we approach them. Setting high expectations and achieving them is a coping method.
I stumbled upon this week’s guest on Lewis Howes’ podcast, ‘The School of Greatness,’ and I was only about 5 minutes into that episode when I realized that she needed to be on our show as well.
This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Margaret Rutherford, clinical psychologist and author of the new book “Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression.”
This is such a powerful episode because Dr. Rutherford’s work hits on some of the basic things we can all do to foster self-compassion and self-acceptance.
In this episode, Margaret shares with us:
- Three different types of perfectionism and how they link to and mask depression
- The link between perfectly hidden depression and where we place our value as a human being
- The role that shame plays in perpetuating this cycle
- How to accept ourselves and develop self-compassion for our whole selves, not just our strengths
Margaret also gives us a peek into the methodology she teaches in her book by offering 3 actionable steps you can take to develop even greater self-awareness in this area and move forward in the direction of ridding yourself from some of the shame you might be feeling.
This episode is a powerful reminder of the importance of taking care of ourselves and loving our whole selves, faults and all.