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    Seems like a mental disorder!

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    Mods can one of you move this to the psychology section, please?

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    Takenn to the extreme, yes... but that can be said about a lot of personality traits.
    Don't make whine out of sour grapes.

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    Like Andy said, I don't think it's a mental disorder unless taken to the extreme to the point where it seriously interferes with your own or others' lives. Most people have a few things they are rather perfectionistic about but I'd consider that to be more of a quirk, not a disorder.

    There is a disorder called Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder but this sounds more global than scope rather than someone who is just very anal about a few things.
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    My impression of perfectionism (I haven't read a lot at all) is that when something possesses a flaw, it's viewed as completely valueless. That can be a big problem if you're evaluating yourself, others, even ideas, but mostly yourself and others.

    From what I remember about object-relations theory, a big milestone for a person is being able to integrate good and bad aspects of something into one thing. If you don't, you're in trouble because everything has bad aspects and you have to develop tolerance if you want to maintain a relationship with those things, instead of just rejecting them and searching for illusory perfection.

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    I'm the self-destructive kind of perfectionist. Think Black Swan, but without the ballet talent or the neuroticism... generally.
    If a deaf INFP falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew_Z View Post
    Think Black Swan, but without the ballet talent or the neuroticism... generally.
    So just a killer rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    So just a killer rack?
    My rack is on the rather small side, unless we're thinking of different uses of the word "rack."
    If a deaf INFP falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew_Z View Post
    My rack is on the rather small side, unless we're thinking of different uses of the word "rack."
    Prob not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Seems like a mental disorder!

    Discuss.
    Evidence?

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