How To Quit Perfectionism - And Why It's Holding You Back

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By Women's Health UK

How To Quit Perfectionism - And Why It's Holding You Back

Thursday, 27 February

It's the personality trait that comes with a cultural stamp of approval. Working hard, striving for better results, never settling - these qualities aren't just socially acceptable, they're actively encouraged. But while your perfectionism can indeed reward you with success, it can also compromise your emotional wellbeing. Research has linked perfectionism with a whole host of health issues, from raising your risk of anxiety and depression, to putting you on a path to burnout. This week, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish O’Kane hears from one of the foremost researchers on perfectionism, Dr Thomas Curran, Professor of Psychological and Behavioural Science at London School of Economics, and Clinical Psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd, author of The Imposter Cure, to find out why perfectionism can be so damaging, and how to manage it for the sake of your wellbeing. 

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