OCPD sufferers can be said to be experiencing their life in a perpetual a state of negative perfectionism. You may wonder why perfectionism can be negative. Some perfectionism is positive if it promotes growth and forward-thinking. A perfectionist can strive to attain perfection, so long as they are not self-critical and self-damaging or damaging to others as a result of their highly perfectionistic expectations.
OCPDers have a tendency to be hypercritical, judgmental, rigid, stubborn, and sometimes arrogant. They may feel that their way is the only way, and any deviation from their way may cause failures and mistakes to occur. They have a strict need for orderliness and cleanliness in many aspects of their lives. They are often self-conscientious and expect others who are in their company to be this way as well. They have certain images of themselves that they want to uphold at all costs, and so they often force their own standards and rules on others against their will.
OCPD people tend to need control of things around them and of their environment. They often feel frantic when things don't go the way that they had planned. They may not have skills to adapt to situations or may lack confidence that they will be able to recover if something bad happens to them.
There are many things that occur during a child or adolescent's life that may lead to OCPD and perfectionistic behavior that paralyzes a person's ability to adapt to change and social circumstances. This audiobook covers the different causes, as well as covering the things that may be improved on in an OCPDer's life to encourage resiliency, self-confident, and the ability to relinquish some of the control that they need over others in order to survive.
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