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Skills of well-being have been forgotten partly due to a combination of educational reforms and societal pressures. Unsplash/Oscar Chevillard

Unrealistic striving for academic excellence has a cost

A specialist in educational psychology says there are incremental risks associated with students developing an obsessive behaviour toward performance.
Perfectionism often develops in childhood, is impacted by parenting and can lead to mental health struggles in later life. (Shutterstock)

Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

New research shows that perfectionism has increased dramatically over the last 25 years, and that perfectionists become more neurotic and less conscientious as time passes.
Perfectionists are rarely satisfied with their performance or appearance and engage in harsh self-criticism when their efforts fall short. Perfectionists are also more likely to develop the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, according to new research. (Shutterstock)

Perfectionists more likely to develop bulimia: New research

Perfectionists have a higher chance of developing bulimia nervosa. Rather than treating symptoms of binge eating and vomiting, therapists should address this underlying personality trait.
Clinical perfectionists constantly strive for ambitious goals and judge their self-worth on the achievement of these goals. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Clinical perfectionism: when striving for excellence gets you down

Some clinical perfectionists avoid or procrastinate because they fear not being able to meet their desired standards.
Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder that leads people to compulsively and uncontrollably pull out their own hair. Cavale Doom/Flickr

Pulling out your hair in frustration? What you need to know about trichotillomania

People with trichotillomania often pull to the point of causing complete hair loss even though that's never intended or desired. And this eventually leaves them feeling depressed and isolated.

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