"Perfectionism is a combination of the desire to be perfect, the fear of imperfection, and the sense that being perfect will bring acceptance as a person. "Perfectionistic behaviors include such things as over-commitment, super sensitivity to criticism, compulsive attention to detail, and procrastination. "Perfectionistic thoughts can include, “I’m never good enough”, “I’m only acceptable if I’m perfect”, and, “If I make a mistake, there’s something wrong with me." "Perfectionistic feelings include disgust with oneself, anger, anxiety, and shame.
"Perfectionism burdens your life, interferes with creativity, and makes intimate relations difficult. It is never healthy."~ Dr. Thomas S. GreensponIt is not uncommon for highly gifted students to be perfectionists. Below are some of our community’s favorite books related to the topic of perfectionism, listed in alphabetical order. If you know of a great one to add to our list, please contact us at email@example.com.
See also:Perfectionism: Signs for Educators, Problems, Classroom Strategies (Davidson Gifted Blog post)Full listing of Davidson Gifted Database articles on perfectionism
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