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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, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired April 13, 2022.

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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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