Last time I discussed perfectionism as a concept and as a pathological state. I may have come across as a critic of perfectionism due to the focus on the negative effects. I guess this stems from the fact that I really do not like perfectionism since I am one (not referring to the philosophy!) and have to battle with the negative effects I do see the value in striving for the best possible in everything. What I am saying is that as long you believe in perfectionism but don’t end up a pathological perfectionist then it is quite possible to be pretty happy with life…as long as you don’t force your idea of what’s best down everybody’s throat or have someone force you into striving for their own idea of best.
As for the pathological perfectionist though the negative effects may be many (i.e. negativity, anxiety, obsessive behavior, low productivity, etc.) note that these negative effects can be fought with a healthy dose of realism, courage, and lots of encouragement. Note too that being a perfectionist can result in a lot of positive things as Rodell said, “in a positive form, perfectionism can provide the driving energy which leads to great achievement.” So as long as things are put into proper perspective and you don’ let it bog you down you can harness the drive for excellence to achieve much success in your endeavours. But if it gets out of hand, do seek help.
Reading Suggestions for the Perfectionist:
Be Happy Without Being Perfect by Alice Domar
The Key to a Balanced Recovery by Ann W. Smith
Perfecting Ourselves To Death: The Pursuit Of Excellence And The Perils Of Perfectionism by Richard Winter