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I Am a Perfectionist

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    It drives me crazy when things...

    It drives me crazy when things are out of place.  I'm disabled and can no longer clean my own home.  I have to rely on my family to do it for me and since I am a perfectionist it's making me feel triple the craziness then before.  On top of that, my name Tammy...
    tamsin35 tamsin35 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2007

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    As annoying as it can be to some people,

    I find this to be one of my greatest traits. Yes, I understand why I can appear as 'difficult', but I simply like things to be a certain way and to be as close to perfect as possible. Is this a problem?
    JaidIsAWildflower JaidIsAWildflower 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    I'm such a perfectionist.

    It's a blessing as well as a curse
    ErikaT5 ErikaT5 18-21, F Mar 18

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    Perfection is a delution,

    a mere dream, an impossible feat. I know that. Yet, I want it. My idea of a perfect, muscular body, a perfect, clear mind, a perfect sense of justice, of right and wrong. Perfect skills. The perfect wisdom and knowledge. It's an impossibility to achieve, a fools wish, a damned...
    maiomeN maiomeN 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 16, 2014

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    I think I've got a mixture of perfectionist

    and OCD. I just want everything to be perfect. Perfect student, perfect friend and perfect daughter and all. For instance, I've paid my life for being a perfect daughter, choosing the career my parents want so that I could be a perfect daughter. I can't correlate with changes...
    FinnyFunny FinnyFunny 22-25, F 1 Response May 16

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    I am a perfectionist.

    I find that while it is anonymous in my life, sometimes, it annoys me. I find that sometimes I take people personally if they criticise or if they find something negative about me or something I do. I tend to be defensive of myself in such a situation. I usually talk back to...
    Delphi111 Delphi111 13-15, M Apr 24

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    How Its Defined

    a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable; a tendency to expect perfection in everything one does, with little tolerance for mistakes those definitions doesn sound good to me..coz i do want everythin ido to b ok,not wrong,everythin..but im not...
    amysangels amysangels 22-25, F 7 Responses Feb 18, 2011

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    Tortured Perfectionist

    My perfectionism keeps me from living life. I avoid things if I don't feel like I can do them perfectly. It's killing me!
    bluepepper bluepepper 22-25, F 8 Responses May 6, 2008

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    I have unbelievably high standards

    for people that I don't have any people I would truly consider friends. I used to have acquaintances at college, but I wouldn't let them in because I was afraid they'd disappoint me by making a silly remark. It's not the remark that bothered me as much as me not being able to...
    amp351 amp351 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 27

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    Because I am employed in a professional career

    field, I am a perfectionist. I work in my family's law firm as a senior paralegal and office manager. All legal documents must be perfectly submitted. I take pride in my work by proofreading all documents and other materials before they are given to the attorneys that I am...
    jillpeterson jillpeterson 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 22

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    I realize, more and more

    who my real friends are (aka just one person), but I'm happier about it. I know who is important, and who matters the most to me. So, for now, I have one true friend (without counting myself lol) and my family. To be honest, some days, I just feel so hopeless about society...
    TheAnonymousINFx TheAnonymousINFx 18-21, F Apr 15

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    I am a part-time perfectionist.

    Certain things have to be perfect, others I couldn't care less. There is no rhyme or reason to this. Other than that I'm contradictory in most ways so I suppose that makes it consistent. lol
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2014

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    Programming is a real challenge

    as a perfectionist. Most people consider it hard to make things work, but I want to make it look good and work fast and smoothly too on top of just working. But I'm getting there! And once I'm satisfied, I'm REALLY satisfied and it feels incredibly good.
    Gentle153Old Gentle153Old 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 24

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    Perfection must be planned

    but seem spontaneous.
    erikaninetyseven erikaninetyseven 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2014

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    I was pretty compulsive with my perfectionism

    in high school. I realized it was a problem when I was in 11th grade. I was really sick and I had a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter – basically a large IV tube that entered via an artery in my upper arm and went into my heart) for two months. It was late June and...
    IndigoOwl IndigoOwl 22-25, F Mar 16

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    I suposse is a way to control what surround us,

    and feel safer knowing all is perfect for whatever thing we care a lot for.
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F Oct 31, 2014

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    Absolute

    I just realized what I want to achieve in this life – Perfection. I will practice, repeat as much as needed to achieve it in everything I’m doing, that I Love to do. Everything is Possible =j http://youtu.be/j31Wf-R7RM0
    Dan193 Dan193 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 19, 2012

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    I was so cruel to a guy I really love :(

    Because he's not exactly what this bug in my brain needs him to be. I am evil person and I hate being a perfectionist.
    Letter99 Letter99 18-21, F Oct 18, 2014

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    a perfectionist Well

    when evver I do these projects for biology, I always want to make t the best I can. My teacher told me that I dont need to add any thing because Its really good. Shes the one who brought it to my attention that i am a perfectionist, because she told me that. I feel like If it...
    regulare05 regulare05 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7, 2014

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    I drive people around me crazy by striving to

    be perfect. I can try convince myself that it doesn't exist when people tell me but there's always that we voice in my head that tells me the other person is a fool and how can they go about their business disorganised. It is however causing me a lot of stress and anxiety in my...
    missneuro missneuro 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 7, 2014

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    Perfectionist Or Procrastinator?

    Where do you draw the line? And how does self-defeatism play into this?
    laynemeyer laynemeyer 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 21, 2013

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    I am flawless and methodical

    where my career is concerned. If there is something I dont understand, I make it my mission to understand it better than the average person. This quality have rubbed onto my personal life. Though it costs me many a two friendships, there is no off switch. I'm wired this way.
    PoutingEnigma PoutingEnigma 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    I often come up getting the short end of a lot

    of things so after seeing my parents (also perfectionists) work for what they want to achieve, and get it, I ended up following suit. I wanted to become the perfect son, get perfect grades, get the perfect body, etc. but because of this mindset, I'm never satisfied. Although my...
    bvv1995 bvv1995 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 7

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    I obsess over how I can be better,

    implicitly telling myself that I'm not good enough, that I don't (yet) deserve to be content. I obsess over what is wrong in the world, in you, in me, over imperfections, things that seem less than what I'd have them be if it were up to me. But I am just a human. And I can...
    shannonymous shannonymous 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2014

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    This Describes Me To A T

    Traits of a perfectionist: Fear of failure. Perfectionists often equate failure to achieve their goals with a lack of personal worth or value. (I value myself based on how perfect I seem) Fear of making mistakes. Perfectionists often equate mistakes with failure. In orienting...
    livelively22 livelively22 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 11, 2013

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    Not So Perfect.

    I feel that if I can't do something perfectly, there's no point doing it at all. There's no medium of something being "good enough".
    anythingbutordinaryy anythingbutordinaryy 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 7, 2012

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    I can't leave something

    until it is completed, its just how I am. Everything must be perfect and when it is..... It feels amazing.
    Although Although 16-17 Aug 25, 2014

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    Someone on my feed posted

    that quote where the guy says that a loser is someone who is so afraid of not winning that they don't even try. I just wanted to say that, for people like me, that's not true. I'm not a loser, I'm a perfectionist, and I need encouragement too. Shame just makes it worse because...
    permakitten permakitten 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 13, 2014

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    And I think it sucks

    when I do a lot of planning and at the beginning of the plan just one thing doesn't go my way. I guess it feels like I'm of to a bad start and it's like a sign that more is about to fall apart and the plan might completely dissolve which is actually a really scary thought for...
    Someoneatschoolfoundme Someoneatschoolfoundme 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    I am perfect so they say.

    I say perfection is an illusion. They say you are thin and beautiful. I say it garners unwanted attention. They say you are motivational. I say it covers my insecurities. They say keep working. I say I'm tired. They say you'll get there. I say I'm trying. They say get better. I...
    HotMessExpress101 HotMessExpress101 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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    I didn't choose to be a perfectionist.

    I was always expected to be the best
    PricelessPerfection PricelessPerfection 16-17, F Mar 24, 2014

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    Sometimes

    In particular things, I am a perfectionist. I used to be obsessed with perfection; with being the perfect daughter, the perfect student, the perfect friend, the perfect person. Needless to say, that was a lot of pressure. Fortunately, I didn't buckle under the pressure I put upon...
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 2, 2008

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    What?!!? Im Perfect?

    I have a pencil and my eraser is completely Used up.. Do you know why? Because im not perfect but i try to fix my mistakes to make them as perfect as it can be..
    HeartAndWings HeartAndWings 16-17, F Jan 21, 2013

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    What about y'all? Do you feel irritated by

    even only slightly imperfect stuff?
    BloodEpiphone BloodEpiphone 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 3, 2014

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    I am the opposite. I am an industrious worker

    but I'm perfectly fine with what I complete.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M Mar 2

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    I have always sort out the approval of my mum

    as she was so hard on me, drumming into me I must not fail, often very critical of my behaviour, my ambitions. Ive always felt very under pressure. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and they too given me an insight of life and how it can be without a good education. But...
    justlilyg justlilyg 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 30, 2014

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    I received an 89.5 percent more

    than 4 years ago in a class and it makes me never want to attend college again. I dropped out of a class because I was not prepared for a project. I refuse to date unless I'm at a weight I feel comfortable at. I do not put myself out there in life because I'm afraid of failure...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Procrastination and perfectionism come hand in

    hand. While I'd love to learn to do things, like learn the guitar or skate, I am so scared of being a failure that I end up putting it off and never trying. I do realize that everyone sucks when they first learn how to do something, and I'm okay with applying this to other...
    bandfreak26 bandfreak26 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 4, 2014

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    On Maya Angelou: "Sometimes the intensity of

    the work brings on strange physical reactions— her back goes out, her knees swell, and her eyelids once swelled completely shut. Still, she enjoys pushing herself to the limits of her ability. 'I have always got to be the best,' she has said. 'I’m absolutely compulsive, I...
    shannonymous shannonymous 18-21, F Mar 16

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    " i am a perfectionist

    but i know how to live life when i'm working , it's 100%. When i'm with my Friends, i put everything away and enjoy life. When i come home to my kids, pure joy and everything's worth it. Every time , i really focus 100 percent on one thing. I 've learned how to juggle my life...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 51-55, F Jun 24

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    Anything I do is never good enough,

    once I do achieve my goals I replace them instantly with new higher ones. I don't even feel good when I complete these goals as I'm always unhappy with myself. I feel like I'm running a race that has no end
    JamieFerrie JamieFerrie 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 2, 2014

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    You know what I hate?

    That American culture praises perfectionism. I'm a perfectionist and it is my deepest weakness. Anyone who is one knows that it isn't a blessing, it's a curse. I am my own worst enemy. The slightest mistake and I tear myself apart like a hungry lion. I overthink every word that...
    addyd addyd 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 26

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    Work In Progress

    When your a kid being a perfectionist seems to get positive remarks from everyone. No one really tells you that it can become a problem if your not careful. I know that I have pushed people away by being too much of a perfectionist. I can't seem to trust anyone else to do...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 28, 2011

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    I absolutely hate this about me,

    it causes nothing but stress and depression.
    Jenny369 Jenny369 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2014

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    I Am A Perfectionist

    My life has been clouded by a series of negative events that were the result of me getting frustrated because things weren't done to my satisfaction. I've learned to not trust others to do things correctly/accurately.
    stuckinacorner stuckinacorner 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    People tell me, "It doesn't have to be perfect.

    " But oh, yes, it does need to be.
    Solfeggio Solfeggio 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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