When perfection becomes a disorder When perfection becomes a disorder

When perfection becomes a disorder

Special 8 October, 2016 Isabel Vallejo


Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) can affect anyone to different degrees.

The online support website, Mejorconsalud.com, establishes some of the characteristics of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and recommends that individuals seek professional help if they feel they identify with one of them in order to prevent entering a state of perfectionism, inflexibility and excessive concern for the things that are part of our daily lives.

The website also explains that the prognosis for people with this disorder tends to be better than other personality disorders, as the control that they want to have over situations tends to prevent complications such as drug abuse. Social isolation and anger-management issues, however, can lead the patient to experiencing depression and anxiety.

Individuals living with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder may have the following characteristics:

  • They obsess over every task that they do. They seek absolute perfection in every aspect of their lives, from preparing lunch to the simple act of going shopping.
  • Their search for perfection is not just limited to themselves. They also expect others to be thorough as well and because people rarely fit their expectations, they often feel frustrated.
  • They are responsible, thoughtful and polite. The way they treat people is so delicate and sophisticated that they can make those around them feel uncomfortable or strange.
  • They tend to be patient with personalities that are somewhat controlling. Their demanding expectations of themselves extends out to others, which is why they can be strict and harsh at times.
  • They have a great sense of justice, of what is right and what is wrong, according to their own paradigms.