Perfectionism can seem like a positive thing, but it can actually be crippling, adding stress to your life and actually detracting from your productivity. Do you have perfectionistic tendencies? High achievers tend to have equally high esteem, not so with perfectionists. They tend to be very self critical and unhappy and suffer from low self-esteem. They can also be lonely or isolated, as their critical nature and rigidity can push others away as well. This can lead to lower self-esteem. Because a less than perfect performance is so painful and scary to perfectionists, they tend to take constructive criticism defensively, while high achievers can see criticism as valuable information to help their future performance. Are You A Perfectionist?