Psychology & Psychiatry

The perils of perfectionism during lockdown

Trying to find ways to make the most of time in lockdown has motivated many people to learn new skills, polish up old ones, and tackle old to-do lists. Social media and the news present an abundance of stories about the amazing ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Bad sleep habits can depress teens

Nagging negative thoughts—and striving for perfection—keep teenagers awake at night, raising their chance of becoming depressed and anxious, a new study shows.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

We recently conducted one of the largest-ever studies on perfectionism. We learned that perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years and that it affects men and women equally.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Perfectionists more likely to develop bulimia: New research

Bulimia nervosa is a common and life-threatening eating disorder. About 275,000 Canadian girls and women will have bulimia at some point in their lives. They will eat large amounts of food, often secretly, and then prevent ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How perfectionism can lead to depression in students

The pressures of young adulthood coupled with the demands of university leave undergraduates at risk for depressive symptoms. In fact, nearly 30% of undergraduates suffer from depressive symptoms, which is threefold higher ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Suicide risk linked to push for perfection

People who believe they must be perfect – and who ultimately can't deal with the thought of being flawed – are at much greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide, according to a recent Western co-authored study.

Psychology & Psychiatry

How narcissistic perfectionists hurt those around them

Sometimes, we throw around the word "perfect" so often that the list of things to be "perfect" at can feel endless: be the perfect parent, like the one seen on the mommy blog; be the perfect manager, like the ones who inspire ...

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