Thursday, 26 June 2014

What leads to perfectionism?

What leads to perfectionism?

In general, there are three underlying inspirations for perfectionism. Perfectionism may come due to fusion of any of the three reasons or single reason.  If you are a perfectionist, you may have the capacity to relate with one or more of the following reasons.

Strong Desire of Growth

They expect perfection from themselves. Their perfectionism is the effect of a voracious thirst and desire and to be the best that one could be. To come anything short would be not to satisfy one's actual potential, which overcomes the purpose in living.

Social expectations

Their perfectionism comes because it is socially expected from them. Family, coaches, teachers, managers and leaders with creativity, dictatorial styles induce perfectionism by putting a high standard of benchmark we need to reach and lessen the chance of failure by punishing yourself for it. Failing is equal to being worthless. Schools and workplaces with a fierce culture of competition and strong emphasis on performance and achievement are common grounds for perfectionism. Society and media create the aspiration toward unrealistic ideals and instill the belief that such ideals are in fact achievable.

Sense of insecurity

For some individuals, perfectionism may emerge out of frailty of one's own value. Individuals who have confronted separation of sorts or sidelined since childhood create a feeling of deficiency or void in themselves. This chasm thus shows the craving or need to plainly substantiate themselves through their activities and achievements. They desire to create an impression about themselves, whether for themselves or other individuals around them.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Striving for achieving a sense of perfection has been a misguided belief in my life, often leading me down the wrong path. It has made me, at times, place value on the wrong things. It has made me not listen to my true self for fear that I would somehow fail in another's eyes. I was curious as to how the idea of perfection has become so pervasive in our society, how it begins, how it hurts us and perhaps, even, if it carries a certain benefit.

Friday, 17 August 2012


Perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness.
The term "perfection" is actually used to designate a range of diverse, if often kindred, concepts. These concepts have historically been addressed in a number of discrete disciplines, notably mathematics, physics, chemistry, ethics, aesthetics, ontology, and theology.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


The parallel existence of two concepts of perfection, one strict ("perfection," as such) and the other loose ("excellence"), has given rise — perhaps since antiquity but certainly since the Renaissance — to a singular paradox: that the greatest perfection is imperfection. This was formulated by Lucilio Vanini (1585–1619), who had a precursor in the 16th-century writer Joseph Juste Scaliger, and they in turn referred to the ancient philosopher Empedocles. Their argument, as given by the first two, was that if the world were perfect, it could not improve and so would lack "true perfection," which depends on progress. To Aristotle, "perfect" meant "complete" ("nothing to add or subtract"). To Empedocles, according to Vanini, perfection depends on incompleteness ("perfectio propter imperfectionem"), since the latter possesses a potential for development and for complementing with new characteristics ("perfectio complementii"). This view relates to the baroque esthetic of Vanini and Marin Mersenne: the perfection of an art work consists in its forcing the recipient to be active—to complement the art work by an effort of mind and imagination.

The paradox of perfection—that imperfection is perfect—applies not only to human affairs, but to technology. Thus, irregularity in semiconductor crystals (an imperfection, in the form of contaminants) is requisite for the production of semiconductors. The solution to the apparent paradox lies in a distinction between two concepts of "perfection": that of regularity, and that of utility. Imperfection is perfect in technology, in the sense that irregularity is useful.

Monday, 7 November 2011

hurting poems

Why do you hurt me?
Can’t you just let me be?
See that I need you to love me for me
Why do you hurt me?
Please just see
That what you did was just plain mean
Come and see
What you have done
To an innocent girl
Who thought you were number one
You made her shine like the sun
Why do you hurt me
Just let me be
I needed you to love me for me
And for all I tried to be.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Term and concept - Perfection

The form of the word long fluctuated in various languages. The English language had the alternates, "perfection" and the Biblical "perfectness."


The word "perfection" derives from the Latin "perfectio", and "perfect" — from "perfectus." These expressions in turn come from "perficio" — "to finish", "to bring to an end." "Perfectio(n)" thus literally means "a finishing", and "perfect(us)" — "finished", much as in grammatical parlance ("perfect").
Many modern languages have adopted their terms for the concept of "perfection" from the Latin: the French "parfait" and "perfection"; the Italian "perfetto" and "perfezione"; the Spanish "perfecto" and "perfección"; the English "perfect" and "perfection"; the Russian "совершенный" (sovyershenniy) and "совершенcтво" (sovyershenstvo); the Croatian and Serbian "savršen" and "savršenstvo"; the Czech "dokonalost"; the Slovak "dokonaly" and "dokonalost"; the Polish "doskonały" and "doskonałość."

The genealogy of the concept of "perfection" reaches back beyond Latin, to Greek. The Greek equivalent of the Latin "perfectus" was "teleos." The latter Greek expression generally had concrete referents, such as a perfect physician or flutist, a perfect comedy or a perfect social system. Hence the Greek "teleiotes" was not yet so fraught with abstract and superlative associations as would be the Latin "perfectio" or the modern "perfection." To avoid the latter associations, the Greek term has generally been translated as "completeness" rather than "perfection."

The oldest definition of "perfection", fairly precise and distinguishing the shades of the concept, goes back to Aristotle. In Book Delta of the Metaphysics, he distinguishes three meanings of the term, or rather three shades of one meaning, but in any case three different concepts. That is perfect:

1. which is complete — which contains all the requisite parts;
2. which is so good that nothing of the kind could be better;
3. which has attained its purpose.