Distinguishing Perfectionism From Perfection

Thorough. It’s a compliment, surely. Who would ever be provoked by their own precision? Who would not aspire to see through observant eyes, to notice slight errors and inaccuracies in order to correct them?

Meticulous. It is not quite so flattering, but neither is it reproachful. It is merely a trait that some people have and others do not, and either is satisfactory.

Fastidious. Fastidious? No, not me. Detailed, perhaps, but I would never be nitpicky nor critical, and certainly I would never be fastidious.

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