Perfectionism

by Bisma
(PA)

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Original Text: Perfectionism English 101 02/20/2011

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes, but at some point in our lives we all strive for perfection. Is perfectionism good or bad? I think perfectionism is good because it motivates you to do well and achieve your goals, but it can also turn into an obsession. Perfectionism has both positive and negative effects. There are many ways you can describe perfectionism but when I hear this word I picture gifted people or someone with high standards and expectations.
For a perfectionist failure is not an option they cannot accept criticism. They believe that they must do everything right and cannot make any mistakes. They are vulnerable to depression, obsessiveness, suicidal thoughts, compulsiveness and anger. There are advantages and disadvantages of being perfect. When things don’t work out for perfectionist they blame themselves, and it bothers them when people can’t do things their way. They believe if its less than perfect then it’s not right. There are three types of perfectionism: Self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially-prescribed perfectionism. Self-oriented is when you set unreachable goals. Other-oriented is when you expect others to perform like you and Socially-prescribed perfectionism is when you feel others are expecting too much from you.
Jim note that “Perfectionism is closely associated with procrastinating, the incessant putting off of projects until you feel you can get them just right.” (47).

Olsztynski, Jim. "Perfectionism--is it a good thing?." PM Engineer 7.8 Aug 2001. 47-48. ProQuest Research Library: Science & Technology . Web. 20 Feb 2011.
Carey, Benedict. "Unhappy? Self-Critical? Maybe You're Just a Perfectionist ." New York Times, The (NY) , December 4, 2007 , Late Edition - Final: 1. Print
G. Rice, A. Leever, and Brooke Kenneth. "PERFECTIONISM AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN EARLY ADOLESCENCE." US: John Wiley & Sons 44.2 Feb, 2007. 139-156. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Database. 20 Feb 2011.

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Revised Text:

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes, but at some point in our lives we all strive for perfection.

Is perfectionism good or bad? I think perfectionism is good because it motivates you to do well and to achieve your goals, but it can also turn into an obsession. Perfectionism has both positive and negative effects.
There are many ways you can describe perfectionism but when I hear this word I picture gifted people or someone with high standards and expectations.

For a perfectionist, failure is not an option. They cannot accept criticism. They believe that they must do everything right and cannot make any mistakes. They are vulnerable to depression, obsessiveness, suicidal thoughts, compulsiveness and anger. There are advantages and disadvantages to being perfect. When things don’t work out for a perfectionist they blame themselves, and it bothers them when people can’t do things their way. They believe that if it's less than perfect, it’s not right.

There are three types of perfectionism; Self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially-prescribed perfectionism. Self-oriented is when you set unreachable goals. Other-oriented is when you expect others to perform like you and Socially-prescribed perfectionism is when you feel that others are expecting too much from you.

Olsztynski notes that, “Perfectionism is closely associated with procrastinating, the incessant putting off of projects until you feel you can get them just right.” (47).

Olsztynski, Jim. "Perfectionism--is it a good thing?." PM Engineer 7.8 Aug 2001. 47-48. ProQuest Research Library: Science & Technology . Web. 20 Feb 2011.

Carey, Benedict. "Unhappy? Self-Critical? Maybe You're Just a Perfectionist ." New York Times, The (NY) , December 4, 2007 , Late Edition - Final: 1. Print

G. Rice, A. Leever, and Brooke Kenneth. "PERFECTIONISM AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN EARLY ADOLESCENCE." US: John Wiley & Sons 44.2 Feb, 2007. 139-156. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Database. 20 Feb 2011.

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