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Perfectionism

12 Confessions to Dispel the Myth of the Perfect Mother

Katie Morford | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Katie Morford

Perfection is impossible. And if you ask me, perfection is boring, inauthentic and exhausting. It oppresses and confines and has the potential for making others feel inadequate.

Is Perfection a Wise Goal?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

When I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1956, I thought I was pretty hot stuff. I began at a great law firm, run by lawyers trained in the traditi...

Failing in Development is Acceptable as Long as You Learn

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 06.21.2014 | Huffpost Code
Alex Ivanovs

Get comfortable with the fact that your code is going to fail and disappoint you, because that's the only way forward.

Springtime Pairings to Enhance Your Day

Rupa Mehta | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

A wet day pairs with creativity, a cold day comes with drive and productivity, and a warm day encourages reflection and growth, but any day can be paired with a bit of sun -- an opportunity to say thank you and feel joy.

The Pitfalls of Perfectionism in Entrepreneurship

Penina Rybak | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

Perfectionism actually impedes creativity and innovation, yet paradoxically, seems to thrive in today's workplace, especially in entrepreneurship. For some reason this behavioral trait is often perceived as a figurative olympic medal.

Spring Into Spring! 4 Ways to Jumpstart The Season

Rupa Mehta | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

If Mother Nature takes some time to transition from the blustery winter to the sunny spring, why don't we give ourselves a similar mental/physical shift? If you're like me, feeling a little stuck from the cold, grey season, you might need a real push to actually make your spring... spring!

Problem Solvers Rock In This New Entrepreneur Era

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

The real question is whether problem solving is a skill you have to be born with, or is there any hope for the rest of us to become successful entrepreneurs. After some review of available resources, I'm convinced that problem solving is a learnable trait, rather than just a birthright.

Have We Taken the Common Sense Out of Parenting?

Kelli Catana | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Kelli Catana

I am a bad parent. And I am a good parent. I am your typical, average parent. I had four kids in five years and I'm pretty sure that was a bit insane for about three and a half of them. I am guilty of being bossy and I am guilty of shoving electronics into my children's hands if it buys me peace.

I Don't Believe In Perfect

Joy Gabriel | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Joy Gabriel

I'm not perfect, but I am a person and I would like to teach them how to be just that: real and open and unafraid of the mess of humanity.

The Unsolicited Advice I'm Glad I Took To Heart

Mary Novaria | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

I was almost run over crossing the street the other day. Near misses happen in my busy neighborhood with alarming frequency, but this one came perilously close to flattening me -- closer even than the day a motorcycle drove right up onto the sidewalk.

Coming to Terms With the Unexpected

Jacklyn Fetbroyt | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Jacklyn Fetbroyt

What I needed was some give, some flexibility, a cushion... some forgiveness. It came in the form of my second son.

Women: Our Disease Is Perfection

Dr. Amy Shah | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Dr. Amy Shah

In order for us to continue to advance in the workplace and home, we must literally and figuratively remove the airbrushed media images of female success and tame our own unrealistic expectations for ourselves.

What Makes This Boy Band's Music Video So Special

Ally Del Monte | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Life isn't only about slender beautiful models being the only ones entitled to laugh with joy, dance with abandon, and have fun and love fully. All kinds of people deserve to. And that's just perfect!

Aiming for Perfection? Surgery Is Just a Distraction, Not a Solution

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Jonha Revesencio

In our efforts to create a better version of ourselves, we lose sight of who we really are and the problems at hand.

Making Perfect

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

I am an inveterate perfectionist, though my perfectionism takes a unique and insidious form (below). Distinguishing perfectionism from the desire f...

Teach Your Child to Think Like an Olympic Athlete: 7 Strategies to Increase Mental Agility

Tamar Chansky | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

Are Olympians immune to thoughts of doubt, dread, self-criticism, pressure and perfectionism? No, these superstars have the same doubts we hear in our minivans driving our own kids home from sports

What I Hope My Own Mistakes Will Teach My Daughter

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

The old me would have handed out a mighty dose of blame and shame, but never an apology. But things are different now. Thank goodness, things are different now.

How to Be Perfect (Matthew 5:38-48)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

'Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.' Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you noticed how insatiable our egos are? How deeply insecure we all are?

How to End Your Affair With Perfectionism Without Sliding Off the Edge of the Universe

Peggy Nolan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women
Peggy Nolan

Guess what? Life is messy. And it doesn't always go the way you planned it. Life, you see, has a hard time staying within your lines.

Perfectionism Is a Mean Bitch

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

. I realize Perfection has many shades of it. I always say I don't try to be perfect, until I am in some area, be it parenting, business, fitness, or whatever I feel I'm sucking at in that moment. It's sneaky. Dig deeper to find out that FEAR is the mastermind.

3 Personality Traits That Stress You Out!

John Tsilimparis | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Why do we worry so much? Despite it being time consuming and exhausting, it's still another issue of control that we struggle to let go of. We essentially worry because we have convinced ourselves that if we worry enough about something, bad things won't happen to us and we will be safer in the world. But, in truth, it has the potential to make us feel more distressed.

Why 'Good Enough' Is More Important Than Being Perfect

Theodore Li | Posted 04.06.2014 | Teen
Theodore Li

We seek what we can't have without remembering that we don't actually need to be perfect. Imperfection allows us to be human.

Baby's First Surgery: The Perfectionectomy

Whitney Frink | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Whitney Frink

Let it go. Your child was born with an abnormality, despite you doing everything right. You planned, you controlled, and still. Your beautiful baby is beautiful, but not perfect. Not like you pictured.

Elizabeth Ippolito: Why I'm Giving Up on Perfect

Elizabeth Ippolito | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Ippolito

We put mounds of pressure on ourselves. Now, in our 20's and 30's, we're well on our way to having it "all" (or close to it). And we're crumbling under the pressure. We're blaming ourselves for failure and well, we're weeping over pork roast.

Supermom Has Retired

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Jenny G. Perry

I have more junk drawers than the normal person and plan on dying with at least two active junk drawers.