Category Archives: perfectionism

Your Perfectionist Child, Part Six

If you get into a really serious predicament with your gifted child’s perfectionism where he insists that an activity is not worth doing because he can’t do it well enough—and you can’t argue him out of it—remember that you may … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Five

When my son stubbornly insists that his cello playing should match the perfect music he hears inside his head, I’m not disturbed until he quits a practice session too soon, stating gloomily, “I’ll never be able to play well enough.” … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Four

Perfectionist children are likely to have a passion for their work; that’s probably why they embarked on it to begin with. The problem starts when they learn enough about it to realize how much more they need to know. Then … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Two

My son, who has enjoyed writing and storytelling for many years, somehow also feels paralyzed by his own high standards. That’s when he claims he can never write as well as Dickens does. I saw that I couldn’t fight his … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part One

A number of months ago, my 17-year-old son said to me, “I’m never going to try to write because I’ll never be as good as Dickens.” At first I was dismayed. My husband and I have never required him to … Continue reading

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On Perfectionism

Decades ago in grade school when I got my standardized achievement test scores, I felt like a failure because I was above the 75th percentile in math instead of the 99th, as I was in language. Now, when my sixteen-year-old … Continue reading

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