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Jul 03, 2019 14:42:46

How Is Perfectionism A Thing?

by @jacklyons PATRON | 200 words | 🐣 | 127💌

Jack Lyons

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I really don't like it when people say they are "perfectionists".

First of all, they are immediately stating that they are better than most, for they are perfect.

Secondly, that's not the case at all. For perfectionists get things wrong too, just like the rest of us. They may even get it wrong more than normal because of their endeavor to get it right. Usually this doesn't end well; it leads to burnout.

I don't think I have experienced anything that has been perfect. Nothing is, and that's the beauty of life and the human experience.

Sure, it's great to hold yourself to a high standard and all... Nothing wrong with that! But is "perfectionist" the correct term?

And who is to judge if something is perfect? Surely not yourself - for we are all susceptible to self-sabotage. In many ways it's futile to judge for oneself for we always think our work isn't perfect.

So then, what does it come down to? Who's left to give us praise and tell us it's 100% perfect? Our colleagues, managers, bosses, friends, family? It's quite rare to get feedback from someone who says "wow, that's absolutely perfect".

What is the correct term for perfectionism?

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    @jacklyons often I find perfectionism is just fear of failure/embarrassment dressed up in an expensive suit/dress to legitimise itself.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 04, 2019 21:18:11
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