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Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

Perfectionism and self-confidence / Le perfectionnisme et la confiance en soi

2018 . 05 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

As a way of celebrating my fifteenth birthday as an artist, I’m sharing from my personal journals from when I was first starting out as an artist!

Pour fêter mes quinze ans en tant qu’artiste professionnel, je partage de mes journaux intimes de quand je débutais en tant qu’artiste!

I know I will always be a perfectionist—I will always worry about others seeing my flaws and mistakes—but, in reading this entry, I can see how far I’ve come toward being a healthier and more accepting person. That makes me happy! I talk more about how doing theater has affected my art career here.

Je sais que je serai toujours perfectionniste—cela me gènerait toujours que les autres voient mes défauts et mes erreurs—mais, en lisant ce texte, je peux voir que je deviens quelqu’un de plus saine et accueillante. Ce qui me plaît beaucoup! Je parle plus de l’influence du théâtre dans ma carrière artistique ici.



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(4) Comments / Commentaires: Perfectionism and self-confidence / Le perfectionnisme et la confiance en soi

-- Cathy Hasty -- 2018 . 05 . 18 --

I love this, particularly the line about “hating people.”  You were a wise person from the VERY beginning.

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 05 . 18 --

@Cathy: Thanks, friend! But I think I recognized my perfectionist tendencies without understanding them as perfectionism, so I didn’t really start to work on them until much later. I wish someone had handed me a book about it then. It is freeing to see yourself in the experiences of others and understand that things don’t have to be that way!

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-- Lynette Yencho -- 2018 . 05 . 19 --

perfectionism is a fault.wink

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-- Cathy Hasty -- 2018 . 05 . 19 --

An early therapist of mine recommended a book that had just come out: Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride: A Psychological Study.  Why would she recommend this to me?!  Since then I have considered the interplay between feminism, spirituality and perfectionism.  A rich subject to explore. There are certain roles where I want someone who has a level of perfectionism.  When my daughter needed to see a neurosurgeon, when my father had heart surgery….I wanted someone who was on the edge of obsessed with their skills.  For many other roles, the level of perfection can be a defense against my humanity showing.

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