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Can perfectionism drive a person mad?

Asked by Gifted_With_Languages (1112 points ) February 21st, 2014

If yes, then in what ways and how far can that kind of madness go?‎

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hominid's avatar

Do you ever revisit your questions to answer follow-up questions? Your question about modern society is awaiting your return.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I don’t know if it can drive the perfectionist mad, but it can drive the people around them mad, never being able to attain the levels that the perfectionist wants, or demands,one thing about perfectionist that make me mad is that they take themselves so seriously that they seem to have little to no sense of humour.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 It absolutely can drive the perfectionist mad, too, because nothing remains perfect or pristine or as you want it. The compulsion for perfection is never satisfied, it’s an impossible standard you can never reach, or at least it’s very difficult to attain and keep.

LuckyGuy's avatar

<—— —Has won the Pefecto-fish award more times than he cares to admit.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@LuckyGuy One of the best times in my life was when I lived with a guy who was just as ocd as me, baseboards were clean, everything sparkled…lol

Cruiser's avatar

<—————Perfecto Fish 163 times…164 times.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It can do awful things to the people around them, especially if the perfectionist doesn’t want to have anything to do with people who are less perfect than they are….and anyone who makes less than $150K falls in that category. Doesn’t matter if it’s family or not.

Perfectionists can NEVER admit to making a mistake, either. They just carry on like whatever fucked up thing they did is perfectly fine and logical, an intelligent, perfect decision, and don’t realize that they are making fools out of themselves in front of everyone.

glacial's avatar

@LuckyGuy & @Cruiser And yet… your arrows do not line up. Curious.

kritiper's avatar

Possibly, but perfectionism may be a symptom of insanity. But, then, we’re all a little nuts, aren’t we??

LuckyGuy's avatar

@glacial Believe me, I tried. It is driving me crazy ;-)

@KNOWITALL Actually my house is mess. It’s clean but still a mess. My drill sets, optics and electronics assembly tools are well organized.

GracieT's avatar

I’m one, but my husband is anything but! Unfortunately, he seems to expand to fit the space we’re in, and anytime I make efforts to put his stuff away he gets angry and it stays messy.

Cruiser's avatar

@glacial…as perfect as I strive to be, I have a tendency to color outside the lines just for the thrill of it!

LornaLove's avatar

Mad? As insane? No. Like others have suggested I reckon it drives those around them batty, but not insane. It can be exhausting too.

Coloma's avatar

Sure, if it becomes a full blown OCD situation.
Big dif. between wanting your work to look neat, be well built, whatever, opposed to having to crawl out of your house backwards to separate all the fringe on your area rug just perfectly. lol
My ex husband was really anal about things, drove me insane. haha

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