Perfectionism and ASD – management strategies and solutions

Posted by: alisrowe, January 31, 2015

Some people are perfectionists. Through my reading I have discovered that a lot of people with ASD are perfectionists. Since ‘perfect’ does not exist, continuously striving for it is always going to lead a person to feel they have failed due to overly critical self-evaluations. Being autistic as well as perfectionistic does more harm than good and can cause a lot of anxiety.

Perfectionism is painful and limiting to live with. 

Why are people with ASD prone to being perfectionists?
Black and white thinking. Something is either perfect or a failure
A love of rules and inability to see exceptions to rules
Low self-esteem generally
Extreme passion, excitement and focus for things
Poor executive functioning abilities

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