When you think of the word perfectionism, you might think of those you know (or maybe yourself) who are anal, OCD, and hard to work with. Perfectionism is when you aren't satisfied until every little detail is up to your standard of "perfect." The problem with this is that perfection is subjective, and our subjective judgment changes from day to day. So while something in your eyes may be perfect today, tomorrow you opinion could completely change.
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1. Isaac Newton removes name: https://books.google.com/books?id=Ppv5h4sgAYwC&pg=PA27#v=onepage&q&f=falsez
2. Definition of perfectionism: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfectionism
3. Perfectionism correlation with suicide: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/07/27/perfectionism-as-a-risk-factor-for-suicide-the-most-comprehensive-test-to-date/
4. Instagram making people feel bad: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/14/perfect-girls-five-women-stories-mental-health
Does it matter if it's subjective? Who else's opinions do I have to go by? Obviously I'm going to act to fulfill my own preferences as perfectly as possible. By definition what else could I do? Even if I decided to go against that then that would mean my preference was to feel like I'm going against my own preferences and so I would really just be deceiving myself. If I decide to just be like "Good enough" with something I'm working on it's because that was my preference, because I see what ever time energy or comfort I'm saving myself as being a more perfect balance of priorities than otherwise.
So in the end the inescapable truth is we're all perfectionists and the only way to 'be' anything else is through self-deception, and then you're still a perfectionist, you just don't realize it.
The real problem is not perfectionism, but rather that people enslave themselves to their points of view. They are unaware that they could just change to another point of view. Doesn't mean you should stop trying to be perfect. Having no standards at all would be boring and then you're trying to be perfect at not caring about anything. But it's important to realize that the standards come from yourself.
The video seems to deal mostly with appearance perfectionism. While focusing on that standard is just as valid as any other personally I've always found that sort of pursuit boring.
I think you hit the nail on the head when you say that people enslave themselves to their points of view. In fact my next video is going to be about this idea exactly (and is more political than Instagramy) lol
Just finished my first Social/Political video, and I'm posting this on all my favorite channels because these are the people who inspired me. I'd really appreciate any feedback! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fbouRBW5ys
i am a perfectionist, peoples always treated me with high expectation, and i can tell you i am aware that's perfection don't exists but i can help it, i fall again and again for this, and let me say that's a nightmare, every time you start a project if i can be sure to succeed to 100% i will just give up, and think to myself, you really are a piece of shit, I've wonder my whole life how do people do to stop something when they know they can do better, even writing this comment since i am not a native speaker and never properly learned English, i will check and recheck everything every time and if i see a thing that's only by a little bit not what i wanted i will consider this a total failure and give up
Maybe this will help you:
I am a perfectionist aswell and what helped me to give up on perfectionism in small thinks (like for example in writing a comment on the internet) was the following idea:
As a perfectionist you seek perfection in life. But you cannot be a perfect individual if you fail to realise and take into consideration that perfection doesn't exist in nature (and you are part of nature). So, you can only be an overall perfect individual if you accept that imperfection is part of life.
Or in other words: If you always seek perfection in everything you do and give up in the moment you realise that you cannot achieve it then your own actions make you imperfect.
Instead, the next time you start a project you should do your best and bring it to an end. If you think that the result isn't perfect, just accept this fact and feel good with it because by having the ability to accept that your result cannot be perfect, you as a personality are coming one step closer to being overall perfect.
I really like your differentiation between being a perfectionist and "excellentist." I believe it's important to strive for perfection, but equally important to acknowledge and accept the idea that we can never truly achieve it. In doing so, we will be able to execute our best efforts and not restrict ourselves to stagnation and hopelessness.
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