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How to become a better perfectionist

September 12, 2011
  • By Ann MacDonald, Contributor

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Ann MacDonald, Contributor

Ann MacDonald was the editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from October 2007 to January 2012. She has also written several editions of the Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Disease. Before working at … See Full Bio
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Heather Smith
December 25, 2011

I do appreciate the topic but i have to disagree for the people who wants to be a perfectionist. I think that being a perfectionist will not make you happy. Maybe for some people but not me. Thanks for posting this.

Herbert Peters
September 14, 2011

Perfectionism as an approach to problem solving and quality?
A perfectionist is one who endeavours to give more than he has. Whereas a business man is one who competes by giving slightly more than what market/others give. While perfectionists like Rudolf Diesel, or Ernst Hemmingway had to commit suicide; businessmen becomes the great guys on earth. So it makes sense to classify perfectionism as pathology?
Now to strategy as the key to aid to perfectionism vs Perfectionism as an approach to solving problem. The perfectionist’s goals have to come from the problem he is aiming to solve or perfectionism is the way to better quality.
For writers, writing by editing or rewriting existing works is one approach or strategy to succeed. The new writer has to be a perfectionist who employs better strategies. Imagine all the learning and changes that can come around in writing and media. Other industries are very good at this approach.

Medical Health Shaman
September 13, 2011

i wanna buy this book? is it sold via

P.J. Skerrett
September 13, 2011

The Perfectionist’s Handbook is available on Amazon at this link and from Barnes and Noble at this link.

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