Moving Past Perfectionism and Unhealthy Striving with Dr. Diana Hill

How can we aim high, achieve our goals, and get what we want out of life without falling prey to unhealthy striving and excessive perfectionism? Dr. Diana Hill joins Dr. Rick and Forrest Hanson to explore the costs of perfectionism, productivity anxiety, psychological flexibility, calming the threat system, and how we can go from striving to thriving. 

About Our Guest: Dr. Diana  Hill specializes in evidence-based and compassion-focused approaches to living well. She has a thriving private practice in Santa Barbara, CA, is the author of the ACT Daily Journal, and is one of the hosts of the Psychologists Off the Clock Podcast.

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Key Topics:

0:00 Introduction

2:00 Dr. Hill’s personal journey

4:40 Signs of unhealthy striving

6:50 Recognizing striving in the body

12:50 Signs of being in a healthier place around striving

16:15 What drives perfectionism and how to develop comfort with difficult experiences

22:20 Psychological flexibility and how to see your experience more clearly

26:35 Social and internalized factors in the search for approval 

34:55 Practical ways to develop psychological flexibility

38:00 Inner freedom and choice within discomfort

45:30 Exposure therapy and cognitive diffusion for releasing control and anxiety

55:00 The middle way and climbing the mountains that are important to you.

59:50 Recap

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