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noun as in hairsplitting

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For medical professionals, there’s a culture of perfectionism that makes asking for help a sign of weakness.

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Just like that, I started the steady slide into a vortex of self-denial, compulsiveness, and perfectionism while withering into a wisp of my former self, both physically and emotionally.

There are other factors ready to sabotage good intentions, too, such as perfectionism and a dissonance between words and actions, Pychyl said.

Studies find that self-criticism and perfectionism provide strong fuel for depression.

The root of our perfectionism—the chicken or the egg—is hardly the point.

Recent research has shown perfectionism to be an issue of genetics.

He was indeed “caught in the trap of his own perfectionism.”

Perfectionism becomes a sort of impossible perfectionism-plus.

His friends warned that his “perfectionism” (his own word) would make him wacky.

It passes over, in the insane pride of human perfectionism, the great fact that man is also a naturally depraved creature.

Their principles are perfectionism, communism and free love.

Perfectionism, the doctrine that moral perfection is by divine grace attainable in the present life.

Perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace.

This is the application of perfectionism to politics, which was originally a religious notion.


On this page you'll find 8 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to perfectionism, such as: bickering, carping, faultfinding, pettiness, sophistry, and caviling.

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