Understanding perfectionism

Reflections from the “You got this!” conference for junior devs.

This weekend I attended the first tech conference I’ve ever seen specifically targeting junior devs, aptly named, You Got This!

Perfectionism is the drive to attempt to achieve unattainable ideals or unrealistic goals @ThisisJoFrank

It was refreshing to hear someone describe what I’ve been struggling with pretty much since I can remember. Key traits such as, setting impossible standards and self criticism are typical of perfectionists. When Jo said that self criticism is generally a precursor to depression, this made so much sense given my experience of this.

Amazing read about mental ill health
Scheduling clear non-working time has really helped me.
Sahaja Yoga meditation has really helped me manage stress.

Junior developer