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"It's incredible!""Then why do I feel like such a hack?"
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Tags:bonsai, bonsai tree, bonsai trees, gardener, gardeners, garden, garden, autumn, fall, rake, rakes, raking, raking the leaves, raking the lawn, chore, chores, tiny garden, tiny gardens, modern life, miniature, flat, flats, apartment, apartments, modern attitudes, no garden, perfectionist, perfectionism, overkill, pointless, pointlessness, city life, city, cities
"Now you can send it."
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"They're not dingy, Mother, they're unbleached."
Tags:mom, moms, mum, mums, mother, mothers, motherhood, parent, parents, parenting, parenthood, child, children, kid, kids, childhood, visit, visiting, hosting, host, perfectionist, perfectionists, ocd, obsessive compulsive disorder, neat freak, clean freak, clean freaks, neat freaks, overbearing, control freak, family, families, son, sons
"Damn it, I still haven't got you right! Let's try again."
Tags:easter island, moai, rapa nui, stone, stones, stone head, stone heads, likeness, likenesses, sculptor, sculptors, sculpting, artist, artists, artistry, artistic, perfectionist, perfectionists, perfectionism, technique, techniques, rough draft, rough drafts, first draft, first drafts, repeat, repeats, repeating, repetition, if at first you don't success, try try again, attempt, attempts, attempting
"I told him to come back when he's truly gifted."
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Wanting his picnic with Gwen to be perfect, Hal made sure they would not be bothered by ants.
"Being a retriever, donna, has nothing to do with being anal retentive."
Tags:ocd, obsessive compulsive disorder, mental health, mentally ill, mental illness, psychoanalysis, detail, details, detail oriented, perfectionist, perfectionists, ritual, rituals, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, dog owner, dog owners, dog, dogs, pup, pups, puppy, puppies, animal, animals, date, dates, dating, girlfriends, boyfriend, boyfriends, golden retriever, golden retrievers
"We tried six speakers, then twelve, and finally we put in the Pittsburgh Symphony, yet we still feel something is lacking."
Tags:music, musician, musicians, audiophile, audiophiles, speaker, speakers, sound system, sound systems, technology, audio equipment, lack, lacking, missing, symphony, symphonies, pittsburgh, orchestra, orchestras, live music, record, records, record player, record players, sound quality, audio, audio quality, sound, perfectionist, perfectionists, imperfect, incompetent, incompetents, incompetence
"If he can't get Yard of the Month, he'd rather just burn it."
Tags:yard, yards, award, awards, award season, proud, pride, lawn, lawns, lawn care, lawn maintenance, maintenance, maintaining, accomplishment, accomplishments, perfectionist, perfectionists, perfectionism, torch, torches, burn, burns, burning, jealous, jealousy, real estate, garden, gardens, front yard, front yards, front garden, front gardens, petty, pettiness, personal property, yardwork, chore, chores, mow the lawn, mowing the lawn, award season
'My future resolution? I want to stay perfect!'
"I've finished shovelling and am for the most part satisfied with the results, but I'll rest now and look at it again in the morning."
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Sometimes a desire for excellence needs to be tempered somewhat.
"Being happy with one's work is the kiss of death."
Harold thought he would add a touch of aesthetics to his wife's perfect pillow arrangement.
Tags:husband, husbands, wife, wives, pillow, pillows, sofa, sofas, couch, couches, arrange, arranges, arrangement, arrangements, aesthetic, aesthetics, perfect, perfectionist, perfectionists, gas, fire, fires, set on fire, setting on fire, personal touch, personal touches, burn, burns, burning, marriage problem, marriage issues
"I'm looking for something slightly more perfect."
Tags:perfect, perfectionist, perfectionists, shopping, shopper, shoppers, retail worker, retail workers, exacting standard, exacting standards, high standard, high standards, expectation, expectations, entitled, entitlement complex, first world problem, first world problems, high expectations, perfected
'I'm not really sure I'm activating my glutes...'
If God were OCD
Tags:religion, obsessive, compulsive, disorder, divine, divinity, godliness, creator, creation, genesis, sarcasm, literal, not quite right, perfection, perfectionist, ocd, ocds, obsessive compulsive, obsessive compulsives, god, gods, creation myth, creation myths, creation story, creation stories, mental health, mental state, mental states
"He spends hours waiting for his muse to strike..."
'The problem is you're a perfectionist. You don't always have to be totally evil. Sometimes it's OK to just be annoying.'
'I've always been a perfectionist - just not a very good one.'
"Gawd! You startled me! I thought I had left for the day." Bob's perfectionism came back to haunt him ??" and go over the figures again.
Your perfectionism is starting to get on my nerves.
"In a perfect world, you wouldn't suffer from depression and I wouldn't profit from it. But we don't live in a perfect world. OK, well, maybe I do."