Perfectionism: a Disease?

Perfectionism can be a problem which could affect us and those around us, by losing global perspective as we tend to focus more and more on details.

Monday, October 25, 2010

In an article in, Penelope Trunk states perfection is not attainable and there is a risk of going crazy trying to achieve the ephemeral goal. According to her, it is better to accept that it's okay to make mediocre work in a certain percentage of our job.

The article includes steps to avoid falling into the "trap" of perfectionism:

1. Allow yourself to be wrong in front of others: that will allow you to realize that others are not too interested in whether you are right or not. It’s enough for them that you do things well enough for them to do their share.

2. Understand that we stop learning when we fear being wrong and we learn more when we make mistakes.

3. Hard work instead of being a perfectionist: focus on achieving the goals and take shortcuts that allow you to achieve them. Be honest with yourself and identify the objectives which really need a perfectionist approach.

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