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The Perfectionist Student
Transcript of The Perfectionist Student
(1) Characteristics of Healthy Perfectionists
Motivated in order to please themselves
Tries to learn from mistakes
Strong need for organization
Views effort as important
(2) Characteristics of Unhealthy or Neurotic Perfectionists
Resentful of new challenges; often feels drained or depressed by them
Motivated by fear of failure
Set unrealistic goals for themselves
Takes criticism from teachers and parents personally
Constant need for approval
Help for Teachers
Help for Teachers
Psychological/Physiological Characteristics of Perfectionists
"A seedling does not know that it is a mighty oak in the making. If it obsesses over what it is not, it may not survive and grow to what it can become."
Pursuit of Excellence
1. Completing the necessary research for a term paper, putting in a lot of time and effort, submitting the paper on time, and feeling satisfied about the work.
2. Studying for an exam, taking it with confidence, feeling proud about a 96%.
3. Reading a story you submitted for the school paper and noticing that the editor made changes/improved upon the copy you submitted.
4. Keeping your room clean and neat, making your bed and putting your clothes away consistently.
5. Willingness to try new things and make mistakes, learning from mistakes and experiences.
1. Completing three drafts , staying up several nights with no sleep, turning the paper in late because it had to be just right--still feel disappointed about the paper.
2. Cramming for an exam, taking it with self-doubt, becoming frustrated over your 96% because a friend got a 98%.
3. Becoming irate because your work was tampered with.
4. Not being able to complete any other task until the bedroom is just right.
5. Avoiding new experiences because the idea of making mistakes, especially in public, is horrifying.
What are the Signs & Behaviors of Neurotic Perfectionism?
Effects on Relationships
< Hampered by overly high expectations of others
< Overcommitment to tasks causing relationship avoidance
< Chronic Anxiety
< Social Problems
< Questions own judgement
Perfectionism has both the potential for propelling toward
greatness, and the power to immobilize.
>high percentage of firstborns
>not an inherited trait, can be "passed down"
>prone to stress related illness
>can suffer from eating disorders
>prefer to work alone
>never feel confident
>feel like failures if they do not get 100%
>resentful if their work is improved
>avoid new experiences for fear of making mistakes
According to Teri Cooper Brown, there are two types of perfectionism:
Females and Perfectionism
< Overcommitment (never say no)
< Trouble delegating
- Need to develop trust
- Unwillingness to turn the work over
- Realization/Ability to accept consequences is difficult
< Likelihood to attribute success to 'luck' rather than ability
The following are sources used in the presentation and corresponding handout:
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Brown, Terri C. "Duke TIP." Perfectionism and Gifted Students. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.
Greenspon, Thomas. "Interview with Thomas Greenspon on Perfectionism." Interview with Thomas Greenspon on Perfectionism. Davidson Institute for Talent Development - Educators Guild, 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2014
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Silverman, L. K. "Perfectionism: The Crucible of Giftedness." Gifted Education International 23.3 (2007): 233-45. Hoagie's Gifted Ed Page. Web. 13 Oct. 2014. <http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/perfectionism.htm>.
Stambaugh, Tamra, PhD. "Helping Your Child Deal with Perfectionism." Helping Your Child Deal With Perfectionism (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
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> Centering around mistakes
> Expecting perfection
< Kathryn Mannes
< Jennifer Willis