As people with anxiety, it’s easy for us to succumb to the idea that everything we do has to be perfect. Think about it. It makes sense. If you believe, as I often do, that you’re a failure, that people just generally don’t like you, and that you’re basically incapable of doing anything right, then why wouldn’t you become a perfectionist? It’s an understandable, albeit maladaptive, response to feelings of fear, loneliness, and alienation. But, there are three big problems with trying to be perfect: it’s impossible, it paralyzes you, and it makes your life a living hell. Here’s how to escape the hell of perfectionistic paralysis.