A recent study reveals Perfectionists become more Neurotic and less Conscientious over time, that Perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years, and that it affects men and women equally.
Perfectionism involves striving for flawlessness and requiring perfection of oneself and others. Extremely negative reactions to mistakes, harsh self-criticism, nagging doubt about performance abilities and a strong sense that others are critical and demanding also define the trait.
Researchers believe there is an urgent need for prevention efforts — to reduce the harsh and controlling parenting practices and socio-cultural influences, such as unrealistic media images, that contribute to perfectionism. Interventions for distressed perfectionists may also be needed.
Millennials are Perfectionists
To gain a more complete understanding of perfectionism, a large-scale meta-analysis was undertaken involving 77 studies and nearly 25,000 participants. Around two thirds of participants were female and many were Caucasian university students from western nations (such as Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom). Participants ranged in age from 15 to 49.
The study found that today’s young people are more perfectionist than ever before. In fact, perfectionism has increased substantially since 1990. This means millennials struggle with perfectionism more than previous generations — a finding that mirrors past research.
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