Universities have been cited as the driving force behind the increase of perfectionism among young people.
According to a new US study the rate of perfectionism has hit roof top on today’s youth compared to the older generation.
The study was conducted by US PhD authors Thomas Curran of the University of Bath and Andrew Hill of York St John University.
The study was the first to examine group generalisational differences in perfection.
One area where young people exhibit perfectionism is with their studies, specifically with their grades. According to the research this competitiveness represents a rise to meritocracy (meritocracy refers to any form of evaluation based on achievement.)
The research reports that “meritocracy is pressuring young people to strive, perform and achieve in modern life. However, students start to place unrealistic expectations on themselves this leads to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
The drive of perfectionism is driven by a number of environmental factors such as a change in lifestyles, an increase in the number of educated people and the use of social media pressures.
Hill has suggested competitiveness should be lowered in order to preserve good mental health.
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