We all like to succeed, don't we? No one sets out in the morning with hopes of failure. But some of us just want it more than others. In fact, some of us demand it. We want everything to work out perfectly and we put an insane amount of pressure on ourselves to make it happen.
The result? Lots and lots of stress for the perfectionist and also for the people who have to live with them.
The Random House Dictionary defines perfectionism as "a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less." Obvious, isn't it, how that becomes a recipe for disaster? On the one hand, a perfectionistic attitude motivates us to always do our best. It makes us very persistent, to a point. Perfectionists make excellent students, driven athletes and aggressive salespeople. Unfortunately, they are all miserable. There is