There are three main types of perfectionists. The first is the “self oriented perfectionist”, the extreme and harsh self critic, who strives to never hit failure, seeing mistakes as failures’ equal. This is the stereotypical type of perfectionist who you may see as the obsessive CEO of a large corporation. The second type has their eyes on others’ expectations. Referred to as the “socially prescribed perfectionism”, external pressure and comparison will result in them attempting to be perfect in all aspects of life. This could be the mean girl at your local high school who, on the outside, acts like she has it all together, but in reality has a very low self esteem. The final type of perfectionist is called the “other oriented perfectionism”, in which the person has incredibly high standards for others (Good Therapy). They need everyone around them to be at a certain level, and usually have an aggressive manner. They are overly critical of his or her own performance. An example of an other oriented perfectionist is Steve Jobs, who is depicted to have held overly high expectations of those around him, resulting in degradation of others. A common question posed is around the lines, “well, what’s the difference between high achievers and perfectionists?” The spectrum is not super broad, instead there is a fine line between the two. Perfectionists have an excessive need for approval and are fearful of making mistakes. They are different from high achievers who are driven to reach a goal, while perfectionists are driven by fear of failure or showing weakness, making them completely out of control of their lives.