To be human is to be flawed.
The pursuit of perfection can lead to eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, body dysmorphia, depression, and even suicide. Captain Obvious would say ‘it’s not healthy.‘
Perfectionism can affect people of all ages and lifestyles, but it is increasingly prevalent among students. Earlier this year, research involving 40,000 students at universities in the UK, the US and Canada found a 33% increase since 1989 in those who feel they must display perfection to secure approval. The report’s lead author, Thomas Curran of the University of Bath, fears a “hidden epidemic of perfectionism”.