Thomas Curran The Perfection Trap - and how not to be perfect
Burnout and depression are at record levels, driven by a combination of intense workplace competition, the comparative world of social media, the quest for elite credentials, and helicopter parenting. Society continually broadcasts the need to want more, and that we have to be perfect to get it. Why is this a trap, and how can we escape it? The Professor of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics explores the paradoxical effects of perfectionism on everything from performance to social and financial inequality, and suggests what we can do as individuals to resist the modern-day pressure to be perfect.
Talking to Julia Wheeler