• Marie Murphy

75: Perfectionism and Relationships

Updated: Aug 24


Dr. Marie Murphy

Dr. Marie Murphy is a relationship coach specializing in helping people who are having affairs make decisions on how to move forward — without judgment. She has a Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in sexuality from the University of California, San Diego, and has been teaching sex education since her high school years. Dr. Murphy is also a yoga instructor and has previously taught meditation.




Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Marie Murphy shares her definition of perfectionism

  • What happens when you accept yourself unconditionally?

  • Dr. Murphy explains how you can eliminate feelings of unworthiness by shattering your belief in perfectionism

  • The importance of examining your fear of imperfection to create a more desirable life and relationship


In this episode…


Does your sense of self-worth depend upon other people’s thoughts and beliefs? Is the desire for perfection holding you back from getting what you truly want from your life and relationships?


When you endeavor to conform to societal — or other people’s — expectations of what is acceptable and worthy, you open yourself up to feelings of shame and fear, which may be corrupting your standards and holding you back from your desires. Dr. Marie Murphy suggests a solution: cultivating a sense of self-worth that is not contingent upon what other people value as perfect. So, are you ready to stop perfectionism from interfering in your life and happiness?


In this episode of Your Secret Is Safe With Me, Dr. Marie Murphy discusses the role of perfectionism in romantic relationships. Listen as Dr. Murphy talks about the harmful impacts of perfectionism, the importance of establishing a sense of self-worth that is not conditional upon others, and how to nurture a relationship based on your own desires.

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This episode is brought to you by Marie Murphy Ph.D. Relationship Coaching.


Dr. Marie Murphy provides shame-free, blame-free, and non-judgmental relationship coaching. She draws from different philosophical traditions and approaches in order to better understand the human condition and the different types of professional assistance that can be germane to people in complicated relationship situations.


To learn more about her and her relationship coaching practice, visit www.mariemurphyphd.com today and schedule an introductory coaching session with Dr. Marie Murphy so that you can begin the process of healing and wellness in your life.

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