Stress: Unhappy? You May Just Be a Perfectionist

The New York Times takes a look at the culture of perfectionism,
suggesting that the tenets of the perfectionist—when applied to
things like personal relationships or when taken too far at the
workplace—can take a serious toll on your happiness. As part of a
study at U.C. Davis, employee assistance counselor Alice Provost forced
perfectionists to:

Leave work on time. Don’t arrive
early. Take all the breaks allowed. Leave the desk a mess. Allow
yourself a set number of tries to finish a job; then turn in what you

The results? Much to the surprise of the perfectionists, everything
continued to function as usual, and much of their perfection-motivated
worries weren’t all that important. If you’ve got similar perfectionist
inclinations—or you’re just in the spirit of the
holidays—give yourself a break and give this exercise a go. While
you’re at it, here are 10 other ways to defeat brain drain. Photo by ewitch.