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Completists, why can’t you just leave something unfinished?




A man reads a book at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on October 11, 2017.
A man reads a book at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on October 11, 2017.
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Are you someone who listens to podcast at super high speed so you can get through them?

Are you someone who must finish reading a book, regardless of whether you enjoy it or not?

Are you someone who goes to great lengths to hunt down that hard-to-find 7-inch vinyl to complete that record collection of your favorite band.

If you answer yes to all of the above, you are a completist.

What is the psychology behind the completist personality? And what is behind this unshakable urge to see something through to its bitter end?

If you are a completist, call us at 866.893.5722 and let us know.  

Guest:

Barbara Van Noppen, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at USC