What are the Signs and Symptoms of Atelophobia?
Because an atelophobic fears imperfection, they set impossibly high standards for themselves. This makes it difficult for them to complete or even start tasks – because they can never do them well enough to satisfy their own lofty expectations.
Despite the fact that atelophobia usually affects people who are intelligent and multi-talented, they usually underperform and accomplish little, because they’re constantly revising every project they take on to reach their unattainable standard of perfection.
With their constant drive to achieve perfection, atelophobics often experience anxiety symptoms. They feel the need to achieve, but are afraid to take on a task or project for fear of not living up to their own standards. This creates internal conflict, which frequently leads to severe anxiety, insomnia, depression and difficulty forming relationships with other people. The atelophobic’s rigidness and their demanding personality hides an insecure interior that doesn't feel worthy unless it achieves perfection.
Atelophobics may also expect those around them to be impossibly perfect. Needless to say, this makes it difficult for them to form and enjoy satisfying relationships, and a challenge to hold down meaningful employment since they have a problem completing tasks. If they do gain employment, they may be unable to complete their own assignments yet be critical of other people’s 'imperfect' work. Not surprisingly, some atelophobics become socially isolated because of their inability to function in a flawed society.