from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
- n. A belief in certain religions that moral or spiritual perfection can be achieved before the soul has passed into the afterlife.
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- n. A dislike for anything less than perfection
- n. A belief that spiritual perfection may be achieved during life, or that it should be striven for
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine of the Perfectionists.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The belief that a sinless life is attainable.
- n. The belief and system of the Perfectionists of the Oneida Community (which see, under community).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable
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The term perfectionism is probably not even one that should be used in a Christian context.
Here, my perfectionism is my own enemy -- playing very well becomes more important than enjoying playing.
Presenting the unfinished work of somebody whose reputation rests in no small part on her perfectionism is a pretty daunting task.
But, as I reflect 2009, I begin to find a theme: perfectionism is getting in the way of my life.
"They live with fear and insecurity and an illusion that they can have control over other people or that they can attain perfectionism, but it's really not possible," says Christopher Knippers, Ph. D., clinical psychologist at Pacific Coast Recovery in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom here, especially about how perfectionism is a “coping mechanism for unpredictability.”
Your inner perfectionist will tell you that anything less than full, unbridled perfectionism is lazy, unacceptable and just plain wrong.
I know agree that perfectionism is not a blessing its a curse!
Well actually I don't because perfectionism is not a word that sits comfortably with my craft efforts.
Now I know that a little bit of perfectionism is good to help you work hard and pay attention, but I think the general opinion about weight and how people should look has gone over the top.