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The toll of perfectionism

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Perfectionism is on the rise among young people. This hour, we look at the impact of perfectionism on mental health, and how to deal with perfectionist tendencies. Plus, what the self-help industry can tell us about our interest in perfection.


  • Thomas Curran: Assistant professor of psychological and behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Tamar Gendler: Professor of philosophy, psychology and cognitive science at Yale University
  • Kristen Meinzer: Host of the By the Book podcast

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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