Perfectionism... The Impacts of Perfectionism on our Anxiety and Every-day Life 17 NOVEMBER 2017

1 day | cost $125 | 17 Nov
Fabic Centre, Gold Coast

Workshop attendance also available online via webinar and delayed telecast. Please contact Fabic for further information or book in now.

Perfectionism … a hidden epidemic impacting on the quality of life for people of all ages, children, teenagers and adults alike.

Perfectionism is a root cause behind many unwanted behaviours and has been linked to:

  • High anxiety
  • Temper tantrums and anger outbursts
  • Meltdowns
  • Sadness and depression
  • Feelings of helplessness and giving up
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Relationship challenges
  • Food challenges

In fact, Tanya goes so far as to say that perfectionism is an unrecognised epidemic that is crippling humanity as it is holding many of us back from reaching our full potential.


Perfectionism looks different for each person!

Broadly speaking, perfectionism is a self-developed rule that people impose on either themselves and/or other people. Perfectionism is an expectation that you or another person should DO things perfectly. Some examples are: 

  • Employees becoming uncomfortable when they have made a mistake, need to ask for help, acknowledge their weaknesses or receive a correction of any sort.
  • A school student shutting down when feedback has been provided, rip up their school work, run out of the room or simply refuse to even start a task.
  • Partners feeling rejected when they are offered suggestions of how they could do something differently.
  • Parents feeling anxious when they feel judged as a ‘bad parent’ by another person in public.
  • People struggling when they lose, do not come first or receive feedback of any kind.
  • Feeling angry or upset when a person does not do exactly what they have said they were going to do.
  • Becoming upset when rules are not followed ‘exactly' the way they have been described. Some go far as to constantly tell other people how they ‘should’ be doing things. 
  • People choosing not to try at all, thus ensuring they don’t ever make a mistake.
  • People feeling disheartened, even crushed, when they get 9 out of 10 in an assessment.
  • People not being able to acknowledge when they are wrong or finding it hard to say sorry or congratulations to someone who has ‘done’ well.
  • People needing their clothes, house, hair, makeup to look ‘exactly right’.
  • Not being able to make a choice, as the choice may end up being a ‘wrong’ choice.
  • People choosing to fail, as failure, being thus guaranteed, is then within their control. 

The list is endless; but as you can see from the examples, the pressure of needing to be perfect is, in one way or another, negatively impacting upon us all.

The worst thing is … perfectionism as a rule guarantees failure, because perfectionism is impossible! As a result, perfectionism has the potential to impact on all parts of our life including our relationship with ourselves and with all other people. 

Why is this epidemic largely not being discussed?

Let's start the conversation!


This workshop-style event will discuss: 

  • An understanding of both anxiety and perfectionism
  • What is perfectionism?
  • What does perfectionism look like?
  • Who is affected by perfectionism?
  • Why is perfectionism so harming?
  • Understanding the root cause of perfectionism
  • How to support ourselves and others to break the cycle of perfectionism
  • The cycle of ‘doing’ in intent or ‘doing perfectly’ and how this affects our life and our experiences with other people
  • Practical take-home techniques that support participants to combat perfectionism 

Who for?

For anyone and everyone … we all know someone, whether that be ourselves and/or another/others where perfectionism is impacting on the quality of life.

About the Presenter

Tanya Curtis – Senior Behaviour Specialist 

Tanya Curtis is a highly renowned Behaviour Specialist and Counsellor who has a wealth of experience working with children, teenagers and adults facing challenges related to understanding and changing unwanted behaviour. She brings a practical, simple and very effective approach to behaviour change based on supporting people to develop concrete, successful skills to respond to the day-to-day challenges of life, while simultaneously valuing each person for the awesome, amazing and lovable being they naturally are.

Tanya is founder and managing director of Fabic, a multi-disciplinary behaviour specialist centre based on the Gold Coast, Australia; she presents workshops locally, nationally and internationally as well as being a published author, DVD presenter, app and product developer and student supervisor. 

Tanya has been working in this field since 2002 and draws on her lived and professional experience which is backed by a Master of Behaviour Management, Master of Counselling, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Behaviour Management) and an Associate Diploma of Education.

Tanya offers behaviour specialist and counselling sessions to individuals, families and workplaces from the Fabic offices on the Gold Coast, the UniMed Brisbane clinic in Fairfield, her office in Lismore Heights, over the phone and via web-based platforms.

Date of Event: 
Friday, 17 November 2017
9am - 3pm
Registration Time: 
from 8.30am
$125 AUD inc GST


What to Bring: 

This is a self catered workshop so please provide your own meals, means of hydration and refreshments. Food venues are close by should you choose to purchase.