Oddly enough, one of the best phrases about imperfection didn’t come out of the mouth of a starving philosopher or famous psychologist.
It was an Italian actor, Vittorio Gassman, who said the following: “ Our imperfections help us to be afraid. Trying to solve them gives us value ”.
Perhaps this strikes you as ironic and surprising as one would tend to think that the most perfect sentences on imperfection would come from a world-renowned and historical philosopher.
Yet the human being is imperfect, hence the fact that anyone, no matter how insignificant, is capable of achieving great feats.
It makes sense to think that everyone will make mistakes throughout their lifecycle. Does this mean that one cannot be happy?
Should we eternally atone our spirits for every mistake we make? The answer is no, because in our own imperfection lies perfection. We can all be perfectly imperfect.
The therapy of imperfection
Adam Smith once said: “If you approach a situation as a matter of life and death, you are going to die many times. ” This wise sentence is perfect for approaching a psychological theory that has developed its own clinical methodology, the therapy of imperfection.
Thanks to its great defenders, like its own creator, Dr. Ricardo Peter, UDLAP professor, researcher and psychotherapist, this therapy tries to design an effective treatment for the disorders of perfectionism, today extremely present in our society.
In this case, the therapy of the imperfection starts from a particular basis, because its own name could turn out to be erroneous since one speaks about “meetings” instead of the traditional therapeutic session.
The fact of speaking of “meetings” makes that the patient finds himself on the same level as the therapist, thus distorting any position of advantage or disadvantage of the two actors. The therapist’s mission is to explore the person’s self-understanding.
The imperfection of the human being
The idea of devoting an article to the theory of imperfection is due to an imperfection: since we know that we are imperfect, we never tire of confronting our own nature. In fact, some people’s discomfort is so great that they turn this grief into an obsession.
Yet perfection in the extreme has no positive influence on the human psyche, as we are not able to define exactly what it is. A circle, a sphere, a job perfectly done?
In parallel with the idea of perfection, a debate was born in which specialists from all eras and fields of science participate. Today, the controversy is still ongoing because there is no agreement on this concept. Despite the differences, there is a current which enjoys a good reputation and which asserts that there is no such thing as perfection. Here are some of his arguments:
- Plato searched all his life for the perfect and definitive idea, the only one that could lead to perfection. Do you think he succeeded?
- Other evolutionary philosophical currents assert that behind perfection, there is nothing more. If the world is in constant motion and ever-changing, and we are a part of this world, it is obvious that such perfection cannot exist.
- There is also a school of thought that says perfection does not exist, but perfectionism does. The idea of doing something that is always better does not mean that one day you will be able to do it perfectly, but it invites improvement.
The perfection of imperfection
Is there a logical conclusion? What is evident is that it is likely that it does. But there is not just one correct answer, but as many as there are thought processes and human beings that inhabit this planet.
What may seem perfect to someone will be totally wrong to someone else. Perfection seems to be an idea, an image, a utopia that should turn into a driving force to make people better, and not a liquid that we slowly sink into with no other possibility but to end up drowned in our own aspirations.
Either way, any human being can be perfectly imperfect. In us is the will to improve, the need to be happier or the utopian image of our perfect world. It is up to us to build something better, not perfect.