Video-Cast: Perfectionism and AIP

JFC - Perfectionism and AIP

Anecdotally, there appears to be a pretty high correlation between perfectionism and AIP…

“Why would anyone want perfection when growth comes from flaws?” ― Shannon L. Alder

As we each dig further into our own personal autoimmune-related healing, there’s ‘stuff’ that surfaces. One of the common pieces of ‘stuff’ that I see come up in AIP Reset and with my one-on-one clients is reframing PERFECTIONISTIC tendencies into more constructive stories. This can take some work after years of both imposing high standards on ourselves and trying to live up to the expectations of others.

In this Facebook Live, I’m talking about the difference between demanding perfection and striving for excellence. There’s a subtle but significant difference in meaning between the two.

The Autoimmune Protocol is a big beastie to navigate – pacing yourself is key…

The video is 15 minutes – a short one this time around!

Supporting resources:

JFC - Perfectionism and AIPIf you’re thinking a little about how perfectionism may be affecting you, and you’d like to learn more about changing the channel on your stories, this is a fab’ resource – ‘The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown.

It’s all about practical ways you can go about accepting that you are enough, just as you are.


Why Self Compassion is NOT SelfishA big part of releasing perfectionistic tendencies is learning self-compassion. Sounds easy, but this can prove to be a BIG challenge for many of us. The one surprising fact that convinced me what a deal changer this practice can be is that not learning self-compassion was holding back my healing.

This post explains in more detail – Why Self Compassion is NOT Selfish 


If you’re following the Autoimmune Protocol and suffering from feelings of perfectionism, we spend time working on this in AIP Reset. I’d love to see you in the next program!

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Comments (6)

I’m glad you share your FB lives here as well. Watched just now and you nailed it. I’m a perfectionist (recovering, it’s ongoing) and you’ve hit so many points beautifully. Thank you my friend!

First rule of perfectionism – don’t tell anyone about your tendency towards perfectionism. Not even yourself. Instead, tell yourself, “I just have high standards.”

Catches up with us after a while, doesn’t it, lovely Erin? MWAH!

P.S. I think you’re FABULOUS, every imperfect bit of you.

Catharina Delmarcel

I love this video Jo, thanks for sharing! It’s all about personal growth, this healing journey, isn’t it?

Yep – and just when you think it’s all on track, life throws you a curve ball (just to ensure complacency doesn’t set in!) ❤️

Great video! So much to relate to in what you said. Loved the bit about the social media groups, they are a great help but you do need to be careful of others! 😉

I’m glad you enjoyed the vid’, Miss Kirsty. 🙂

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