I would never see perfectionism as a good thing for a person,” says Dr Catherine Long, a counselling psychologist based in Dublin.

“It might potentially be a good thing for the company they’re working for because it will drive the employee to work really hard, but it isn’t a good thing for the individual. It is always a source of stress and in the long term can lead to anxiety and depression because the person is putting pressure on and directing anger at themselves. There is a very different flavour to someone saying ‘I need to do this perfectly’ and ‘I want to do this really well, to the best of my ability’.”