Self Oriented Perfectionism And The Development Of Eating Disorders
Self-oriented perfectionism leads to the development of eating disorders.
My Initial Hypothesis
Nobody is perfect, but that doesn’t mean that people don’t strive to attain this unreachable standard in today’s society. It should seem admirable and praised for individuals to hold high standards and then work tirelessly to achieve those goals, but this mindset should not be one that replaces basic biological needs, such as nourishment, due to the relentless mental exhaustion from pursuing unrealistic representations of a “perfect body”. Eating disorders result from the unhealthy mindset of the individual sensing not only the intense pressure of society, but also potentially even more so from the excessive internal pressure they place upon themselves to achieve what they believe to be the ideal body and figure (“Perfectionism”, n.d.). For this reason, I would argue that the mindset of self-oriented perfectionism leads to the development of eating disorders.
The Empirical Evidence
Castro-Fornieles et al. (2007) stated perfectionism is a personality characteristic involving a tendency to place excessive emphasis on precision and organization, the setting of and striving for unrealistic personal standards, critical self-evaluation if these standards are not reached, excessive concern over mistakes, and doubts about the equality of personal achievements. Additionally, Castro-Fornieles et al. (2007) indicated that because the self-evaluation of perfectionists is…