Healthy Striver versus Unhealthy Perfectionist Questionnaire

Answer 'yes' or 'no' to the following questions and take the test.

Questions to ask to determine if you have unhealthy perfectionism are:


  1. Do you continually try your hardest to achieve standards you have self imposed?

  2. Do you focus on or notice what you have not achieved, rather than what you have achieved?

  3. Do other people often tell you that your standards are too high? (sometimes it's best not to ask your parents or partner who may share your pattern).

  4. Are you afraid of failing to meet your standards?

  5. If you achieve your goal, do you set your standards higher next time?

  6. Do you ever enjoy your achievements and for how long?

  7. Do you base your self - esteem on striving and achieving?

  8. Do you repeatedly check how well you are doing at meeting your goals?

  9. Do you find that tasks consume more and more time, as you need to check that there are 'just right'?

  10. Do you keep trying to meet your standards, even if it means you miss out on important things?

  11. Do your standards cause other problems in your life such as relationship disharmony?

  12. Do you tend to avoid tasks or put off doing them, in case you fail or because of the time you know it would take you to 'do it right'?

If the answer is 'yes' to many of these questions, it may be worth considering if your quality of life is being affected by unhealthy perfectionism.

Bear in mind that non - standardised questionnaires can be just a guide and are not designed to be a substitute for professional advice.

Perfectionism is an area which is difficult to change, but cognitive behavioural therapy is available to help.