The perils of perfectionism
Often evident at the holidays, this personality trait has a dark side.
November marks the start of both the holiday season and what could also be called the perfectionist season. Although holiday celebrations vary, conditions are perfect for one personality trait to emerge forcefully: The desire for everything to be perfect — serving the perfect meal, hosting the perfect family gathering, or showing off the perfect children.
Perfectionism can be exhausting. In extreme forms, it may also be hazardous to mental health.