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Stamp: Perfectionism by Jammerlee Stamp: Perfectionism by Jammerlee
"Perfect" is a subjective concept and doesn't truly exist. I know this. I understand this.


Yet I will still drive myself to the brink of madness constantly nitpicking at myself and my work, berating myself in spite of encouragement, and never finding satisfaction in my own abilities.

My bar is set impossibly high, and no matter how close I get, it's always just out of my reach. There's always room for improvement, something I did wrong, something I could have done better, something I can fix. Getting close is never enough. Getting close is unacceptable.

I am a perfectionist. I strive for the impossible.

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CosmicRay25 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is literally me.

iriscilla Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sounds familiar. :giggle:
HoremWeb Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016   Photographer
Thanks it's great & true. I'd like to use it.
Dumuzink Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
My art when I draw..:iconmingplz:
Cutebunny50 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
May I use this? ^^ 
MountainLygon Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
INFP :iconfistbumpplz:
88MilesPrower Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Something I struggle with every single day of my life. :cry:

And don't get me started on my so-called "artwork",...or I'll end up in the looney bin. :icononionemocornerplz:

My god...what the hell is wrong with me?  :icononionfailplz:

Ronerk Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
i know that feel bro Onion Icon 
TheBlackAngel07 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Story of my life. The bar can never be met
piyoh99 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You and me are pretty much the same. But I feel so dissapointed in my abilities. That I get depressed and give up... I wish I could fix my ways.
Andi1990 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
People think that if you're a perfectionist then you will achieve more. HAHA, NO!

Perfectionism is really disabling. Nothing ever meets your standards, you always feel crummy about yourself and you end up NOT doing work because you're scared that it will end up sucking. You approach everything with massive anxiety because you see all these details that nobody else sees and even if you know you are capable of something, you struggle the entire way through the project.
Jammerlee Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Achieve more? Maybe. Depends on who you impress. The only "good" thing about perfectionism is that, assuming you don't destroy yourself in the process, you might manage to reach an acceptable level of quality that others can appreciate. And then assuming that does happen the panic sets in with that fear of failure if you can't keep up the level of quality that is now expected of you.

It really, really IS crippling x_x

I've had full on panic attacks in the past because I'm afraid of something not being up to standard and being rejected. I can never just... draw or write something. I have to nitpick it down to the tiniest of atoms. And while I appreciate and encourage constructive criticism, at the same time accepting it makes it extremely difficult not to spiral into a tailspin, especially if it's a weakness you weren't actually aware of. Even when people insist my work is good it's difficult for me agree with them because I just know it could be so much better. People don't understand the amount of struggle (both physical AND mental) it takes to reach the level of acceptability I present it as.

And then the real paradox (and inner struggle) begins when you start to realize that the perfectionism is, in and of itself, a flaw...
SUGresistance Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't agree more with you.
TheLeetCasualGamer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From the stamp itself I couldn't say I agreed when I just saw it on your profile. But when I actually clicked on the stamp I saw something I define as something completely different.

From the description it sounds more like an over-achiever to me. Setting goals beyond the standards, criticizing your own work, and willing to accept any sort of criticism no matter how harsh knowing you can improve.

To me a perfectionist is somebody who can't accept the fact that there are going to be challenges in life. That if a mistake is made, they tend to immediately say no and put themselves down as if it's the end of the world as oppose from just trying to simply learn something from it. Can't accept that fact that not everything is perfect and your going to fail at some point of your life. While I see those who have succeed in life to right in their journal that they have failed many times in their life but only kept trying. The ones I call perfectionist sit in their chair and bitch and moan blaming others for their own actions thinking they have to be "perfect."
1-800-SCIENCE Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I am a perfectionist. It is a OCD disorder. I don't moan or bitch or blame others. I have bad perfectionism. If I get below a 97% on any of my grades on my report card I meltdown. I get depressed if I miss anything on an assignment or test or quiz. Perfectionism is dangerous and I HATE IT!!!!! I accept the challenges of life, but am plaqued with constant worries about how one test in 8th grade is going to affect my future. I know it is stupid to think that, yet it is impossible to stop thinking that. People call themselvs perfectionists because they "have" to look nice or have things look nice. Real perfectionists MUST do it right or else to prevent terrible things from happening to our families and friends and selves(even if we know its not true). It is hard to control. (sorry if this sounded mean; I'm sort of offended)
Fellmekke Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Well, perfection exist, but only in our point of view of things.
EmosTookOverTheWorld Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
for some reason, i want to make this a shirt...( cause it is SO true...)
Jammerlee Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*lol* I could make a t-shirt design of it I suppose. I'm working on trying to build a t-shirt printing company
EmosTookOverTheWorld Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thats kool! i might buy some of your shirts then
Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
I'm quite a perfectionist, artwork-wise and studying-wise, and am using this for my own good :) Thank you
Celleno Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student General Artist
This is totally me, thanks for making this. :)
errant10 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student
What annoys me the most about being a perfectionist is that it's kind of "forbidden" to say when I'm not happy with a grade/picture/whatever. The reaction is always something like "Why do you even complain, I'd be happy if I had a grade like that!" Well, good for you -.-"
Linguanerd Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
It's like me in stamp form.
DJKittyLitter Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Sigh, I'm a perfectionist. I'm never satisfied with what I do, it's driving me insane!!!DDD:
I just wish I can appreciate what I do...
But, thank you for making this, kind one!
UzumakiRamen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol, good one. :P
Naitheya Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I couldn't have said it better myself...perfectionism is perhaps my own worst enemy
AliceSacco Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009   Digital Artist
Me too
Flamming-June Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
I'd stick this to my forehead if I could. c:
JalessiaJ Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Artist
Couldn't have said it better myself :nod:
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear you loud and clear. ^^
M-A-F Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's annoying how people tell you 'no one's perfect'...yes I think I know that, so I collected this stamp
dgLari Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe guilty...:+fav:
MaRaMa-Artz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Part of the job~
kat-najera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true. D:
Pigeon-of-Doom Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so true. XD I know I'm a perfectionist.
Knuckles-Echidna72 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
I do the same thing.
It drives me insane a lot of the time because I'll bash at my own work, and people are all "whoa, what?!" but I wind up seeing EVERY flaw in it, and it bugs me XD;
sonicinterface Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
I used to be a perfectionist, but now I'm getting lazy.
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