March 1, 2011 Urban Word of the Day
The inability to start on a project, assignment, essay or any creative task due to the fear of not getting it perfectly right.
Joe: You haven't started writing your paper yet?
Joe: Isn't it due tomorrow?
Joe: I thought you went to the library and did your research, made your notes and wrote your outline.
Bob: I've got perfectionist paralysis.
When a project slows to a standstill due to ... hold on let me think. How should I phrase this?
see Paralysis of Analysis.
The development of Duke Nukem Forever has suffered from a decades worth of perfectionist paralysis.