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Perfectionism, Procrastination, and Distress

Excessive concerns about making mistakes, pernicious self-doubt, harsh self-criticism, impossibly high standards or expectations for performance, a strong and chronic tendency to evaluate one’s performance as not measuring up to levels expected by oneself or others - these are features of maladaptive perfectionism that predict psychological distress. Read More

Professional perfectionism

While I would agree that perfectionism might lead to procrastination in one's private life, I wonder whether a perfectionist attitude toward one's work is a negative trait. I have spent some 45 years as a translator and must admit that a lot of the time is spent trying to find the right word, the right expression or the right idea. This is not to outdo someone, or to prove someone wrong but rather to ensure that the translated message is indeed the reflection of the original author. This means taking into account not only the culture and the particular language one translates into, but also the level of education of the reader (or listener). This is one reason why most translators are rather suspicious of machine translation which pretends to give the "gist" of the message. A computer program cannot, to my knowledge, guess what a person means. Some deduction may be made but that is all.
I wonder whether by insisting on the negative aspects of perfectionism, we do a disservice to the search for the "exact word, expression or thought".

I must say an excessive

I must say an excessive respond to any activity is a psychological problem.. a person is deemed to be mentally ill and must be treated by a good psychologist...

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Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he specializes in the study of procrastination.


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