|Being a perfectionist comes with its share of benefits. These highly motivated, intelligent and achievement-focused individuals are built to succeed. But their constant need to be the “best” at everything comes at a price. Extreme self-criticism, stress, depression, anxiety—even compulsive disorders—are some of the struggles faced by those with perfectionistic tendencies.|
In his analysis of 43 studies on the subject, Andrew P. Hill, associate professor in life sciences at York St. John University, found that perfectionistic traits are strongly correlated with burnout—both in school and, later in life, at work. This is especially true when perfectionistic concerns, such as fear of failure, making mistakes and letting others down, are prevalent.
This e-newsletter will discuss the top three challenges faced by perfectionist students and will offer tips educators can use to help these achievement-focused individuals overcome the need to be perfect.
Next time you have a pop quiz or exam, open up the results to the class. Encourage students to own and learn from their mistakes. Reward participation with school logo’d plush toys or backpack tags, depending on grade level.
Perfectionism can help students achieve and excel, but it can also impede learning. Try these tips to overcome perfectionism and help your students conquer the obstacles associated with being a perfectionist. And if you fail, try again!
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