Perfectionism can be experienced as an intense drive toward excellence - or as a pathological obsession that impedes spontaneous imagination and creative play.
In her post Blogging My Way Through Perfectionism, Lisa Rivero comments about Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, author of The Gifted Adult:
‘Jacobsen differentiates between pathologically perfectionistic obsessions or compulsions, on the one hand, and an innate “drive to perfect” on the other.
‘She writes, “Contrary to some psychological theories, a perfection orientation is not dysfunctional and not equivalent to compulsive perfectionism."
Via Douglas Eby