Perfectly depressing. Perfectionists may be more vulnerable to depression, according to a recent study. "A tendency to feel that any less-than-perfect performance is unacceptable appears to be a relatively stable personality characteristic, according to a study in the April Journal of Counseling Psychology (Vol. 53, No. 2). What's more, perfectionists' tendency to fall short of their own standards may be a risk factor for depression, says author Kenneth G. Rice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Florida."