I admit it; this moment may count as my official coming out.
I am a perfectionist.
Many people suffer from this affliction: historians, but others as well.
Still, misconceptions about perfectionism abound, and I feel I must seize this occasion to set straight one particularly tenacious one.
We perfectionists do not need everything we do to be supergood.
All we want is to see it complete: perfectionism comes from the Latin perficio: to finish, to round off, to persevere until the work is done.
That is why I take so much time writing this history-chapter that I am currently working on. That is why I take an hour publishing a short Historian-at-Large post.
It’s not that it needs to be excellent (‘perfect’ is the confusing term often used).
It’s just that I hate loose
P.S. Any grammatical or tyoing mistakes discovered in this text can safely be taken to be part of my behaviour therapy.