Perfectionism is a hard task master, so where does this personality trait come from?
Why do some have this trait and others don't?
What can I do about my perfectionism?
As with all personality traits there is a dark and bright side perfectionists well know.
We develop perfectionism early in life, the Be Perfect Driver is one of a few others. Be Strong, Hurry Up, Please Others and Try Hard (Kahler, 1975) are the other 4 drivers.
The 5 Drivers may be described as antidotes to injunctions, or decisions we make in childhood. This illustration (below) shows how the drivers, as balloons, hold us above the water, whilst the injunctions (shown as weights tied to our legs) pull us down.
The "Be Perfect" Driver Characteristics
Recognize these drivers in yourself and others and treat them accordingly.See also
Kahler, T. (1975). Drivers—The Key to the Process Script. Transactional Analysis Journal,5:3
Kahler, T. (1975) Drivers-The Key to the Process Script. Transactional Analysis Journal,5:3