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Perfectionist ? Why (and how) you should learn to do less


PSYCHOLOGY – The search for excellence is socially valued. But it also has a dark side …

Spend hours baking a sophisticated pastry for a loved one’s birthday, why not. Reread a professional text several times in order to correct mistakes, nothing but very judicious. But if we collapse in tears because the cake seems imperfect to us or that we systematically shorten our sleep time to make a job impeccable, there is reason to wonder about their level of requirements. Generally seen as an asset in the world of work, perfectionism over-practiced and applied to all areas of life also has a dark side …

Perfectionism is obviously not a pathology in itself. Unless it constitutes one of the dimensions of the obsessive personality, it is also absent from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, published by the American Psychiatric Association. But its excessiveness is measurable with Frost’s Multidimensional Scale of Perfectionism. et al.

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