Therapy for Atelophobia the Fear of Things Going Wrong or Imperfection
Atelophobia is the Fear of Imperfection or of things going wrong and also the fear of failure. It often manifests itself as a ‘perfectionist’ thinking style and can lead to a constant feeling of inadequacy or of not being ‘good enough’.
‘Prefectionists’ are not really seeking perfection, but rather are seeking to avoid criticism (based on the rationale that criticism can all but be eliminated if everything that one does is ‘perfect’ and free from errors of any kind). In this respect, a perfectionist ‘strategy’ can be defined as an ‘avoidance’ or ‘safety behaviour‘ which are known to re-inforce problems rather than solve them!
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ridiculous or silly, the person who suffers from the phobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.
We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychotherapy and will treat you and your Atelophobia seriously.
For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the phobic person “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear. The anxiety experienced is real and rational if the phobic situation is perceived as ‘dangerous’, but of course, what is perceived as dangerous, is not ‘factually’ dangerous.
The majority of people who do suffer with Atelophobia understand that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!
Symptoms of Atelophobia
The symptoms of Atelophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Avoid making mistakes
- Inability to Relax
- Hypervigilant to criticism
- An Impending Sense of Dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Atelophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
Atelophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.
Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Atelophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Atelophobia will find a course of Psychotherapy helps enormously.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Atelophobia
If you’re committed to overcoming your Atelophobia problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Tranceformental CBT course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Tranceformental CBT is available as on online therapy and therefore suitable for people who are unable to attend the clinic in person.
Both the Tranceformental course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
FREE Initial Consultations
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Atelophobia problems or counselling needs. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapy relationship as being key to making any personal change or improvement, so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications, without pressure or coercion.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
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The Changing Limiting Beliefs Programme was a 'state-of-the-art' approach to overcoming mental health problems that is grounded in scientific principles and based on the subjective nature of reality.
Today Tranceform offer a course of evidence-based therapy based on an understanding of core beliefs and values called Tranceformental CBT.