Item #208

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Category: Careers

Title: The Road to My Avennyou - Home Page


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When you call someone a perfectionist, do you mean it as a compliment? Do you look at a co-worker or friend with a pinch of envy and think to yourself: "she's a perfectionist—no wonder she looks perfect and, at the same time, juggles all her tasks and manages her work life so well." Well, you may want to think again. Refusing to accept any standard short of perfection comes with the tendency to be orderly, detail-oriented, conscientious about following rules and doing what is right and "proper.” This often comes with a price tag, however, because the same person may be afraid of making mistakes and tries to compensate for her shortcomings by being over-controlling and inflexible about what she expects from herself as well as from others. I recommend a great post on The Everygirl blog by psychologist Sara Seung-McFarland listing 5 reasons to ditch perfectionism.