Obsessive personality type is different from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in that OCD is a clinical disorder that may be associated with specific ritualized behavior or thoughts.According to Mallinger and De Wyze, perfectionists are obsessives who need to feel in control at all times to protect themselves and ensure their own safety.Recent data show that perfectionistic tendencies are on the rise among recent generations of young people.
An example is the constant desire to achieve an ideal physical appearance out of vanity.
Other-oriented perfectionism is having unrealistic expectations and standards for others that in turn pressure them to have perfectionistic motivations of their own.
Although there is a general perfectionism that affects all realms of life, some researchers contend that levels of perfectionism are significantly different across different domains (i.e. Greenspon disagree with the terminology of "normal" vs.
work, academic, sport, interpersonal relationships, home life). "neurotic" perfectionism, and hold that perfectionists desire perfection and fear imperfection and feel that other people will like them only if they are perfect.
For these people, anxiety about potential failure is the reason perfectionism is felt as a burden. Perfectionistic strivings are associated with positive aspects of perfectionism; perfectionistic concerns are associated with negative aspects (see below).
they challenged the widespread belief that perfectionism is only detrimental.
Perfectionists are focused on personal integrity and can be wise, discerning and inspiring in their quest for the truth.
They also tend to dissociate themselves from their flaws or what they believe are flaws (such as negative emotions) and can become hypocritical and hypercritical of others, seeking the illusion of virtue to hide their own vices.
By always being vigilant and trying extremely hard, they can ensure that they not only fail to disappoint or are beyond reproach but that they can protect against unforeseen issues caused by their environment.
Vigilance refers to constant monitoring, often of the news, weather, and financial markets.