Recovery from Perfectionism and Codependency

Dear Readers,

As you may know, Psych Central was recently bought by Healthline. And, as such, changes are on the horizon. At this point, I will not be adding new articles to the Happily Imperfect Blog here on Psych Central. And, unfortunately, some of the existing articles may be removed in the coming months. (I don’t have all the details about what’s planned for Psych Central’s blogs.)

Writing the Happily Imperfect blog has been a wonderful opportunity to help you embrace your imperfections and develop self-acceptance and self-compassion. Many of us feel inadequate and like there is something fundamentally wrong with us. We try to feel worthy through achievements and being perfect. And while perfectionism may seem like a good quality, in reality, it causes unrealistic expectations, relationship conflict, self-criticism, stress and anxiety, procrastination and sucks the joy out of your life. As this blog progressed over the years, I’ve written more about the connection between perfectionism and codependency, childhood trauma, and dysfunctional family dynamics.

I will continue to write new articles on the following topics and share them regularly on my website (

  • Overcoming perfectionism
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • People-pleasing
  • Codependency
  • Controlling behaviors
  • Assertiveness
  • Overthinking and anxiety
  • Self-criticism
  • Productivity and procrastination
  • Comparison and judgment
  • Self-worth

The best ways to stay in touch and continue to see my new articles and resources are to sign-up for my free weekly newsletters and to follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

I wish you all the best!


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 Navigating the Codependency Maze.

To learn more, visit Sharon’s website. And please sign-up for free access to her resource library HERE (worksheets, tips, meditations, and resources for healing codependency, perfectionism, anxiety and more).

APA Reference

Martin, S. (2020). Recovery from Perfectionism and Codependency. Psych Central.
Retrieved on September 17, 2020, from

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