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How perfectionism impacts relationships from male perspective

Today’s guest is Dr. Melvin Varghese a psychologist in Philadelphia, PA and host of the popular podcast Selling the Couch. He is a colleague and my mentor in this podcasting journey. We discuss what perfectionism looks like from a male perspective, how it impacted Melvin growing up and how he manages it as an adult. One goal of this episode is to continue to raise awareness how perfectionism not only affects women, but men too and ways to challenge old thoughts/stories we tell ourselves. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • How Melvin recognized perfectionism beginning as teenager and ways it manifested
  • How he manages those behaviors and thoughts now
  • Continuing to challenge societal beliefs about what it means to be a man

Embracing imperfection

  • Men sometimes wear perfectionism as a badge of honor
  • Society seems to have a double standard for men

“When I hold this truth and embrace these imperfections is when others can see our humanity.”

  • Give ourselves permission to feel both negative emotions and positive emotions
  • Step into our growth edge
  • Melvin shares how as a teenager perfectionism manifested in behaviors
  • His family moved to U.S. when he was in second grade
    • Wanted to do well academically for my parents and brother
    • He identified his self-worth with his grades
    • Began to manifest in some obsessive/compulsive behaviors, such as, how items on his desk were arranged
    • Our minds can go to one extreme or other i.e. “I won’t live up to my potential”
  • More pressure on teens today
    • Can impact their views of self-worth
    • Reminding them they are okay and failures are learning opportunities

As an adult

  • When he first created his business old perfectionism thoughts returned and he recognized fear of not being liked
  • He combated perfectionism with:
    • Setting time limits for activities
    • Reminded himself-not about being perfect but about embracing imperfection
    • Using “both”/“and” vs “either”/“or”
    • Gaining self-awareness regarding old thoughts and beliefs
    • “I can put information out there and may not resonate with everyone and that is ok plus I can continue to tweak/modify as I go.”
    • Wants the world to see him as who he is
  • Self-Care skills:
    • Has consistent morning routine
    • Does 30 minutes of exercise
    • Listens to TED talk
    • Has meditation routine
    • Plans day with 1 to 3 tasks
    • Breaks day into 30 minute chucks
    • Gets 8 hours of sleep each night

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Melvin’s Information:

Website: http://sellingthecouch.com/

Coming soon for entrepreneur: http://melvinvarghese.com/