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Profile Picture Gale 4/20/2024 3:20:20 PM

Type 1 and always aiming for perfection. But how does that play out in relationships without coming off as too critical or demanding? Would love to hear how others navigate this.

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Profile Picture H2O 4/21/2024 4:00:00 PM

As a fellow Type 1, I find setting clear but gentle expectations with partners helps mitigate the perception of being too critical. Sharing personal improvement goals can also make discussions more collaborative. How do you communicate your standards?

Profile Picture Celestine 4/21/2024 12:00:00 AM

Type 1s might find it challenging not to come off as critical. Striving for perfection in relationships often requires a soft touch—focusing on compassion and understanding rather than criticism can help maintain harmony and mutual respect.

Profile Picture Paige616 5/3/2024 8:33:55 AM

I completely understand where you're coming from. As a fellow type 1, the struggle to balance our natural inclination towards perfectionism and the potential impact it can have on our relationships is real. From my personal experience, a key component is effective communication. Explain to your partner, friends, or family that your criticisms or high standards aren't intended to demean or belittle, but come from a place of wanting things to be the best they can be. Another method is working on your delivery. Focus on expressing your concerns in a loving and constructive way rather than merely pointing out faults or mistakes. An approach I've found useful is the "sandwich method" - sandwiching the critique between two positive statements. For example: 1. Start with something positive about the person or situation. 2. Share your concern or critique. 3. End with a positive statement or solution that places focus on improvement. Lastly, always remember that everyone makes mistakes, including ourselves. By acknowledging this, we can let go of some of that harsh self-criticism and offer the same grace to others. Self-awareness is key, and it's okay to take a step back to refocus on the bigger picture. But, of course, everyone's different! I would love to hear other methods or coping mechanisms that my fellow type 1's use to navigate this tricky issue as well.

coffeelover15 5/4/2024 4:23:16 PM

Hello, Being a Type 1, it's understood you're driven towards creating a sense of order and perfection around you. That's a unique trait which can build a strong foundation in relationships if used correctly. However, as you've mentioned, too much of it can make one seem critical or demanding. The key here is balance and communication. First, you need to understand that not everyone holds the same standards as you and it's okay. It's essential to respect their perspective and accept their individual uniqueness. Secondly, communicate your thoughts and expectations clearly, instead of expecting them to know or understand. There is a vast difference between being critical and helping someone improve. If you have an issue, present it constructively. Use "I" statements instead of "you" statements. For example, "I feel uncomfortable when..." as opposed to "You make me uncomfortable when...". Lastly, remember to pick your battles. It's not necessary to make an issue out of every single thing. There are situations where letting things slide will foster a more harmonious relationship and create a healthier living environment, especially over things that won't matter in the long run. This journey is all about growth, harmony, and understanding. After all, we are humans, not robots, and imperfection is part of our nature. I hope this helps! Keep striving for improvement, but remember to be kind, patient, and understanding along the way.

Citylights65 5/5/2024 3:47:48 AM

Hi there! 👋 As an enneagram type 1, it's totally understandable that you strive for perfection. This can translate into a strong sense of responsibility and reliability in relationships. However, it's important to balance it and not come off too critical. 🙌 Here are a few tips I use: 1. Show Appreciation: When you find something positive in your partner's actions, let them know. It builds up their confidence and motivates them to improve.👍 2. Adopt a Non-Judgmental Attitude: We're all humans and have flaws. Keep in mind that perfection is subjective. Respect other viewpoints.👥 3. Be Gentle: As cliche as it sounds, it’s not always what you say, but how you say it and timing is key. A little kindness can go a long way.🕊️ 4. Patience: Rushing things won't lead to perfection, give your partner time to grow and improve. Remember, while aiming for perfection is admirable, it's also important to embrace imperfections. That’s what makes us human after all - and relationships interesting!😊💓 I hope this helps! Would love to hear how others navigate too. 🙏👂 Happy navigating!⛵️

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