Perfectly Hidden Depression with Dr. Margaret Rutherford – Episode 370

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

Dr. Margaret Rutherford is a Psychologist, successful blogger and host of The Self Work Podcast.  She is also the author of the bestselling book, Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression.  

During her 25 years of working with patients Dr. Rutherford discovered that many people heavily mask depression with perfectionism.  She has spent the last 5 years researching and writing about this topic and passionately spreading the message about becoming more comfortable with vulnerability in everyday life.  

In this episode we explore the often unknown dangers of perfectionism, how to know if you may have an issue yourself, the 5 stages of healing and much more. 

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Show Notes:

  • How she went from a professional singer to a psychologist.  [4:27]
  • Perfectly hidden depression and why I personally was interested in Dr. Rutherford’s work.  [6:12]
  • The correlation between perfectionism and procrastination.  [14:41]
  • How will you know if you have perfectly hidden depression?  [17:36]
  • Why there is no single pathway to destructive perfectionism.   [22:30]
  • The 5 Stages of Healing.  [29:27]
  • Why simplifying can improve (or even save) your life and the importance of the company you keep.  [37:47]
  • What are the real dangers of social media?   [43:30]


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