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ImageNeha Bhushan, 27, feels she is far behind many of her colleagues who are drawing a fatter pay packet than her. Due to this, she eats excessively, has difficulty in getting sleep and often feels irritable.

Neha drinks 15-20 cups of tea/coffee to keep her concentration. She remembers that few years back before she joined this job, she was happy-go-lucky.

Anand Rai was irritable, unable to concentrate on his work and facing problems with his colleagues. Later, it was found that he was suffering from low self-esteem and was on the brink of depression. The root cause of all this was his fetish towards 'perfectionism'.

Dr Jyoti Sangle, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, says, "Nature is beautiful but imperfect in so many ways. It would be prudent to derive inspiration from there to accept the phenomenon of existence amidst diversity and so-called 'imperfection'. The standards set by a person need to be real and so does the benchmark for a job well done."

"The first step would be to make a deliberate attempt at getting self-aware of these tendencies and thoughts. It would be a slow and consistent process of altering the self-talk towards seeing more positives in you, your work and then the others. It is imperative to take time out for relaxation while learning to deal with criticism constructively. The attempt would be successful when one enjoys this process of taking baby steps towards blending perfectionism with pragmatism. Being able to embrace imperfection and uncertainty with dignity and grace is the 'mantra' towards self-satisfaction."

These days almost everybody's life is influenced by other people's lives. Dr Rajiv Anand, Mumbai-based psychiatrist, says, "Even a child of 10-12 is exposed to a lifestyle of his age group in any part of the world through print and electronic media. Everybody wants to have everything and become successful like others. Hence, they become self-critical and dejected, which leads to neurotic behaviour."

Nobody is ready to take into account all the factors, which make a person what he is. "There might be hundreds of known or unknown reasons for any achievement of success or position. Most people are not happy with their current status, possessions and positions and keep finding faults, either in themselves or in surroundings. This is the main cause of dissatisfaction, discomfort, disappointment and decline in overall performance," adds Dr Anand.

Dr Sujatha Sudheendra, psychologist, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Navi Mumbai, maintains, "A peep into human lives reveals complex confusion, which seems to be order of the day. Success has merely become a platform to raise your standards and benchmarks. Today, most of the organisations have CEOs who are barely in their mid-30s and simple conversations reveal that they are extremely clear about their business targets and deliverables."

"To ensure there is no deviation from the blueprint that has been printed in mind and no room for failures, one needs to have well-articulated business plans, clear defined milestones and sharper strategies in place, The need to prove that we are capable of delivering much ahead of our deadlines gets into detailed perfectionism, which makes one vulnerable and this leads to anxiety to self and the environment. Small deviations and delays mean you are not a serious performer and not proactive," concludes Dr Sudheendra.

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