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Women and Perfectionism

On Finally Breaking Free From Paralyzing Perfectionism

Rebecca Strong | Posted 06.14.2015 | Women
Rebecca Strong

People like to idealize perfectionism. They convey it as an endearing quirk, a Woody Allen-esque neurosis. But here's the thing: Striving for excellence and setting unrealistic expectations for yourself are very different things.

5 Ways To Push Out Perfectionism

LinkedIn | Katty Kay | Posted 05.29.2014 | World

If you want to succeed in life, forget about being perfect. Perfectionism kills confidence and confidence drives success. This is a particular prob...

Shelley Gazes: Simply Put: How Releasing Perfection Brought Me Closer to Success

Shelley Gazes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Shelley Gazes

When I was younger, I assumed being tough on myself was the only way to remain on a steady path to "success." But I hadn't paused to define what success really meant to me.

Confessions of a Former People-Pleaser

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Shira Hirschman Weiss

I couldn't move on from the loose ends I created, and continually frayed the bottom of my pants -- in my mind. No actual pants were harmed for this bl...

The Dangers of Perfectionism: More Than Dotting Your I's and Crossing Your T's

Her Campus | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Her Campus

Perfectionism is more than just a need to dot your I's and cross your T's; it's a state of mind characterized by "all or nothing" thinking, holding your own actions to unreasonably high standards, focusing heavily on results and a fear of failure.

Why Striving to Be Perfect Will Damage Your Career

Kathy Caprino | Posted 03.27.2012 | Women
Kathy Caprino

I work with successful professionals who've achieved great things, but more often than not, these high achievers demonstrate one key trait that wreaks havoc on their lives and work: perfectionism.

Ballroom Dancing Can Do All THIS?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

"We want to make sure others are taken care of. We're trying to be there 200 percent, and we put ourselves last."

'A Very Young Dancer' Recalls The Failure That Shaped Her

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

"The Very Young Dancer" set up an ideal for girls to aspire to, but the story around it illustrates how women would benefit if we were less afraid of failure -- and of admitting our shortcomings.