Autoimmune Disorders

Are You A Perfectionist?

Written by: Nick Ortner

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? Here’s one way to find out…

Look at these images and tell me if you CRINGE.

.If they’re really driving you crazy, tap along as you view! 😉

woman cutting pie across a diagonal line painted road lines slightly off

Labrador puppies black and yellow

Seriously though, it’s OK to do things well, and they obviously weren’t in some of these pictures.  But perfectionism becomes a problem when it STOPS you from doing things.

“If it’s not perfect, I won’t do it.”

dont-try-to-be-perfectHave you ever caught yourself saying that? Or any of the more subtle permeations like, ”It’s not quite done yet, I just need to work on it for a few more months, or a decade, or a lifetime.”

Perfectionism is often tied closely to that critical voice inside of us that just won’t let us rest or relax until everything is perfect, right, correct – exactly as it “should” be.

And perfectionism, sadly, robs us of many of our dreams, because we just won’t get started or we won’t complete what we’ve started.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is once you identify this trait or these subconscious patterns, you can do something about it…

And that’s where Tapping is SO powerful.

When we use Tapping to quiet the critical voice, to calm that amygdala that is screaming “Danger! It’s not perfect!” we are finally able to realize our dreams, to complete those projects, to take those risks.

Or once we get started, we no longer have to beat ourselves up when things don’t go exactly as our “perfect” plan was designed to.

In fact, quieting the critical voice is exactly one of the focuses of our program:

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Dr. Kim D’Eramo is a physician, speaker, bestselling author of The Mind-Body Toolkit, and founder of The American Institute of Mind-Body Medicine.

In The Tapping Solution for Autoimmune Disorders, she will be your guide to discovering – and releasing – those self-punishing beliefs and negative emotions that may be keeping your body in a state of illness.

Neither you nor your body is meant to be 100% perfect.

Our cells produce toxins and waste every second of every day as a natural process. And when your body & mind begin working together, that’s when optimal health becomes your natural state.

Join us here to learn more!

Until next time…

Keep Tapping! (and quiet that critical voice!)

Nick Ortner

What picture in that video got you the most? Comment below and let me know. 

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29 Comments on this post

  1. F.ışık says:

    video has been removed

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Thanks for letting us know, it looks like the source from which the video was linked to has been disconnected. 🙂

  2. sylvia says:

    I certainly wouldn’t want some of those misplaced tiles in my house! Most of the pics I found funny, but the most annoying- pens packed in a bubble and when you tear the back of , all you get is another layer. THAT annoys me so often, but overall I’m definitely NOT a perfectionist.

  3. Carol says:

    I could never look at those crooked cupboard doors everyday. I can even see if the pictures are crooked on peoples walls, when we drive by at nite…lol
    My pillows have to face the right way on the bed. Its never ending. Why can I see these things and others cant?
    Including my husband, ha…….
    Was fun to see all these pics,
    Thanks Nick!!

  4. Alice says:

    I kind of liked the paper towel dispensers. Artistic. The socks made me laugh out loud! My ex would do his own laundry so that he could make sure his socks would always match. OCD! Permanent patterns that are disrupted bother me. (The ones that are a quick fix, not so much.)

  5. Coral says:

    Oh my gosh, my kids get it from me! I’m sorry my babies I’ll tap my way thru this perfectionism lol!

  6. Pat Boyer says:

    Some made me laugh and others I thought were kind of dumb but none irritated me. Since I’ve been retired I just say oh well some day it will get done.

  7. Judy says:

    I feel so much better now, some of the pictures didn’t annoy me (but some surely did like the cupboard handle. Maybe that’s because I have one like that at home and it really bugs me.)

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  9. Lusana says:

    Interesting I did a similar test a couple of years ago and cringed at each picture, I have been working on my self compassion ,acceptance and love and actually embraced the individuality in many of the photos and none of them irrititated me or made me cringe , very telling

  10. pentirah5 says:

    The pictures were very amusing. About half way through I got bored and switched it off- what does that indicate?! Personally I think one needs a little bit of perfectionist complex. It drives one on to finish a job or find a solution to a problem – Nicola Tesla was a fine example of this. He was an obsessive perfectionist but he came up with many original inventions and solutions to time honored problems. Without that streak of perfectionism he would have just given up as soon as he hit the first difficulty.

  11. Karen says:

    Too many to pick one!! Probably on 4 that didn’t instantly have me going ‘Why would/wouldn’t’. Aaahhh!!

  12. Victoria says:

    I agree with Karen O’Handley. Not taking pride in their job is what annoys me, not that the job looks weird. It actually amuses me.

  13. Edith says:

    I’m compassionate when somebody else does something wrong but when I do something not quite perfect myself… ?

  14. Jean K. says:

    The dishwasher door that could NOT open all the way because the wall was in the way – WHAT?!!!! Who on earth would ever think that was a good idea????

  15. Nadiya Nduku says:

    The pie and bathrooms almost got me shouting at the images, oh my God! Some were funny but still made me feel uneasy.

  16. Denise Ross says:

    OMG, too funny. So the ones that got me the most were the bite out of the kit kat, the bite out of the gum strip and the pill not taken in a row. I only watched about half. I go thru this with my husband and its kind of a joke between us. He is very willy nilly and I am very linear. So you must break the candy bar at the break; and for goodness sake, make sure you take the stamps off the sheet in order; and please put the dishes in the dish washer in a row. So maybe it’s more OCD than perfectionist. LOL.

  17. Melissa says:

    I found that having small children “cured” me from most of the cringing. I learned how to let go of trying to make everything look just so, especially when it came to their artwork, or the uncooperative kid when pictures were taken. It is what it is!

  18. Sue Vincent says:

    My OCD brain needed to watch the whole video even thought you said I didn’t have to. The pictures that bothered me th most were where the construction was poorly done. The ones with tiles out of pattern bothered me but I could see the creativity. I would want to switch upside down products to right side up. ? It was fun to watch, though.

  19. wendy says:

    I laughed most of the way through it. There were some creative solutions and some I couldn’t even see the ‘imperfection’. Sure glad I don’t get bent out of shape about such trivia. If I can fix it, I do. If I can’t I just let it be. Love my live and how I show up in it.

  20. Bonnie says:

    Yes I am a perfectionist! The pictures mostly drove me crazy! I don’t know how to get over it either! Lol

  21. I actually had no problems with any of the pictures. says:

    I actually had no problems with any of the pictures! it actually started to make me paranoid, that maybe I should care more about things. To me the pictures just looked like art…..?

  22. Michelle says:

    I couldn’t finish it either. And I agree- where does pride in doing it right/well cross o we into perfectionism. I have no doubt that it crippled me sometimes but I guess I need clarity on that. Maybe that’s what spouses and kids are for- “It’s good enough, let’s go lol”

  23. Dave says:

    Honestly, I thought it was fun. Just fun. Enjoyed it for what it was; Everyone, everything has its’ place. I love people one square out of the circle who might enjoy an occasional triangle. Didn’t annoy me at all. Perfect art!

  24. Jas says:

    The third picture 🙂

  25. Jean says:

    I didn’t watch the whole video too! Wandering to myself how can one collect SO many pictures of this kind! Anyhow… What bugged me the most (with anger) was the lack of professionalism from the workers who made such things! As it is well said above, it’s a lack of pride… It’s working as you just don’t care! Pathetic! I think I will tap on this! 😉

  26. Sherry ruys says:

    The pictures didn’t bother me at all except for the ones that showed poor workmanship. Am I abnormal?

  27. polywan suy says:

    If you think wrong , you will make it right because your failure can teach your new model of work and if you think right , you will hard to be work because you think it right and compiling at all , you will be asked your self why it become wrong the same.

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