Perfectionist Quiz

Are you a perfectionist? Take the perfectionist quiz and find out!

Are You a Perfectionist?

Please note: This quiz is designed to provide you with new insights about yourself. It is not based on research and is not empirically valid.


You have impossibly high standards for yourself.


You’re sensitive to criticism and try to avoid it.


Your expectations are often unrealistic leading to disappointment or frustration.


You crave organization, lists, planners, charts, and data.


You try to avoid making mistakes at all costs and tend to see them as evidence of your inferiority rather than as learning opportunities.


You dwell on your mistakes and imperfections.


You base your worth as a person on your accomplishments.


Even when you succeed you feel like it’s not enough or you could have done better.


You’d rather do things yourself than have someone else do them “wrong”.


Sometimes it takes you a long time to finish things because you redo, check, and try to make them perfect.


You worry about what people think of you.


You procrastinate or don’t start things because you don’t think you can do them perfectly.


A change of plans can be very upsetting to you.


You don’t like to try new things, especially when there’s a chance of embarrassment, incompetence, or not being as good as everyone else.


You work long hours (paid work, volunteer work, housework, family responsibilities) and sacrifice leisure activities because your work is never done.


You think that if you’re really smart or talented, you wouldn’t have to work so hard.


You demand a lot of others.


You rarely take a sick day.


You’re frequently disappointed because people fail to meet your expectations.


You want to feel in control at all times.


Despite many signs of success, you don’t actually feel successful.


You tend to feel tense, stressed, or anxious.

Sharon Martin is a psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and media contributor on emotional health and relationships. She specializes in helping people uncover their inherent worth and learn to accept themselves -- imperfections and all! Sharon is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem, and Find Balance, and several ebooks including: Setting Boundaries Without Guilt: A Workbook to Move You From Doormat to Empowerment, Navigating the Codependency Maze, and she writes a popular blog called Happily Imperfect for

7 thoughts on “Perfectionist Quiz

    1. Hi Mary,
      My book doesn’t target suicidal thoughts. There are other CBT books that address depression and suicidal thoughts that might be more helpful. And if you need immediate support please utilize a suicide crisis line such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK.

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