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How Perfectionism and Shame Lead to Stress and Burnout
Episode 15224th January 2023 • You Are Not A Frog • Dr Rachel Morris
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Why is it that doctors work themselves to the point of burnout and stress and making themselves sick? In a system that seems to demand perfectionism in healthcare workers, medical professionals aim for impossibly high standards. What happens when they can't meet the standards they set for themselves?

Dr Sandy Miles joins us in this episode to explore the concept of shame and how we respond to it. She also explains why shame breeds perfectionism in healthcare workers. After explaining the concept of shame, we also share practical, actionable tips to overcome shame and have a healthier response to it. 

If you want to know how shame fosters perfectionism in healthcare workers, stay tuned to this episode.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. What exactly is shame, and how does it manifest in our daily lives? 
  2. Learn common responses to shame and how to overcome it healthily. 
  3. Understand why shame causes perfectionism in healthcare workers.

Episode Highlights

[03:31] Introducing Sandy

[05:21] Defining Shame

[12:28] How Identities Are Tied to Shame

[15:39] 3 Ways People Respond to Shame

[18:07] How to Respond to Shame

[27:19] Shame and Perfectionism in Healthcare Workers

[32:17] How to Overcome Maladaptive Perfectionism

[36:49] What You Can Do Today

[44:51] Recognize What You Can Control

[47:35] Sandy’s Advice


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