personality trait characterized by a person's striving for flawlessness and setting high performance standards

Perfectionism is the belief that one can and should be perfect. A person who believes this is called a perfectionist. Perfectionists believe that anything less than perfect is unacceptable. While this can lead people to achieve great accomplishments and give people motivation, it is considered to be a mostly unhealthy belief. Perfectionism can lead to procrastination ("I can't do this project until I can do it the right way."). This can mean low productivity. Perfectionism may also cause low self-esteem and anxiety.

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