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Practically Perfect in Every Way

One of my kids is definitely a perfectionist. For a large part of my life, I thought this was a good thing. I wished that I would be more driven and more focused on success. But living with someone who is a perfectionist has shown that there is definitely a darker side to this behavior. When I say “perfectionist,” I lean more toward the psychological definition, as explained in the article “What to Do When Your Child Is a Perfectionist” by Amy Morin, LCSW: “Perfectionists establish unrealistic goals for themselves. Then, they place enormous pressure on themselves to try and reach their goals. They engage in all-or-nothing thinking. Whether it’s a 99 on a math test or 9 out of 10 foul shots m

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