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Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 20 January 2011 01:59:55AM 0 points [-]

Can someone with a strong perfectionist element to their personality be happy unless they get over the perfectionism? Perfectionism involves constant self-criticism and assessment, and thus might be incompatible with happiness in the long term.

Speaking from personal experience, I am a perfectionist and happy. I find it easy to be happy, living in a wealthy first-world democracy with a good personal standard of living. I can be dissatisfied with myself and strive to improve while being satisfied with the rest of my life. I don't know many other perfectionists, so I can't give a broader sample.

Comment author: AspiringRationalist 21 March 2012 05:24:30PM 0 points [-]

I am also a (usually) happy perfectionist. I achieved this through a similar approach - being dissatisfied with myself but satisfied with the rest of my situation. I do require OCD medication for this to work, though.