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Delivering Time Management for IT Professionals: A Trainer's Manual by Dr. Jan Yager

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Perfectionism

Perfectionism is when you're striving for an unreasonable standard that cannot be achieved rather than being pleased by striving for, and meeting, a level of excellence that is possible.

Possible causes

If you had parents who told you when you got 98 on a test that only 100 was a good score, you might grow up having a problem with perfectionism. If you are always comparing yourself to others who seem to be much more competent than you are, you may be setting yourself up for perfectionism by not focusing on what you do achieve.

Potential consequences

The self-hate that perfectionists often feel because they fail to achieve the unattainable perfection that they seek makes it hard for them to enjoy what they do accomplish. They are often ...

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