We all know at least one perfectionist. Maybe it’s a spouse, colleague, or roommate. Maybe it is We live in a society that values ongoing advancement and self improvement. These are worthy causes and most of us want to move forward and believe in making the most of who we are. A perfectionist, however, sets the standards for himself unrealistically high. On the surface, perfectionism appears to be a noble pursuit. But here is how being a perfectionist actually works.