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Striving for excellence: "Perfectionism has taken a bum rap."

Striving for excellence: “Perfectionism has taken a bum rap.”

“She can be quite murderously challenging in her perfectionism. Take Twenty: ‘Are you sure that’s good enough?’ [Kidman says.] “We’re going, [wearily] ‘Yeah.’ ” Director Jane Campion about working with Nicole Kidman on “Portrait of a Lady” Campion also said of her: “She gets a bee in her bonnet, and she’s off. She’s excited. And […]

Where do you get perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in?

Where do you get perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in?

By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC I’ve been thinking about varieties of perfectionism since having a discussion with a gifted trauma survivor. It became clear that some of their perfectionism was an expression of giftedness and some was related to family of origin issues. Same outcome, different sources. Does the source of perfectionism matter? I think […]

Ashley Judd: "If I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself."

Ashley Judd: “If I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself.”

Ashley Judd commented in an interview about dealing with her challenging early life: “I try to remind myself that if I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself.” [Photo from facebook.com/AshleyJuddOfficial.] That perspective became especially poignant after the release of her memoir, in which she reveals being sexually abused. She writes, “I am happy to say that each […]

The self-destructive side of perfectionism and giftedness

The self-destructive side of perfectionism and giftedness

Three types of perfectionists In his article on the subject, Benedict Carey of The New York Times explores how there are, in fact, problems resulting from some kinds of striving for perfection. He writes, “Some researchers divide perfectionists into three types, based on answers to standardized questionnaires: Self-oriented strivers who struggle to live up to […]

Striving For Excellence and Being a Perfectionist

Striving For Excellence and Being a Perfectionist

Mia Wasikowska earned acclaim for her intense performance in the HBO series “In Treatment.” She played the title role in the Tim Burton movie “Alice in Wonderland,” and noted that at age 20 she was still fairly new to acting, and comments why she left dancing: “I was at dance school doing about 35 hours […]

Developed minds can be dismissive

Developed minds can be dismissive

The image is food critic Anton Ego from the movie Ratatouille [video clip]. I was reminded of the stuffy and dour character while reading Laura Berman Fortgang’s The Little Book on Meaning , and her reference below to “high analytical ability.. often black-and-white thinkers.. Quick to decide what is good and what is bad..” I […]