It’s Okay Not to Be Perfect—In Fact, It’s Much Healthier
When people admit to being a “bit of a perfectionist,” they often say it with a tinge of pride—in part because our society has a begrudging admiration for perfectionism. But many experts believe this is worrisome. Social psychologist Thomas Curran discusses how the pressure to be perfect is causing a spike in mental illness, especially among young people. It’s important to know that the world will often defeat us, and that this is not a failure. A little self-compassion goes a long way.