Perfectionism is often seen as a positive thing, but setting yourself unrealistic or relentlessly high standards can cause you problems and damage your mental health. You don’t have to give up your high standards altogether, but you can learn to pursue healthy standards that will not negatively impact your life.

It's always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support. Consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning.

Useful resources for perfectionism

Perfectionism in Perspective >

This workbook can help you help you understand what is helpful and unhelpful about being a perfectionist.

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