“Were it not for perfectionism, we would be in short supply of all those myriad human activities we deem extraordinary, excellent, outstanding or great in quality.”
Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. continues:
“Once upon a time perfectionism was perceived not as neurosis, but rather as a sign of commitment, caring, and devotion to one’s work…”
[From his article In Praise of Perfectionism.]
Performing arts such as ballet involve high levels of that kind of devotion to precision and excellence.
But one of the elements of the movie “Black Swan” is how damaging perfectionism can be when pursued excessively, especially by someone with mental health challenges.
Continued in Creative Mind post Too Much Perfectionism.