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February 08, 2019 Friday 03:15:08 PM IST

Millennials Suffer More from Perfectionism

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Millennials or Gen Y born from the 1980's are increasingly suffering from perfectionism conditioned by their parents and social media portraying 'unrealistically' perfect lives, according to Simon Sherry, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Dalhousie University, Department of Psychiatry and Martin M Smith, Lecturer in Research Methods at York St John University.

In a largest ever study and analysis on perfectionism, the researchers have concluded that perfectionism has increased among the millennials in the past 25 years. It was based on meta-analysis of 77 students and involving 25,000 participants. Two-thirds of the participants were female and mostly belonging to Canada, US and UK mostly studying in Caucasian University. Various complex factors contribute to perfectionism including controlling and critical parents. Emphasis on ranks, winning and achievements add to the misery.

The study portrays a grim picture about what could happen when these perfectionists grow older. They are likely to suffer from guilt, envy and anxiety. They are more likely to end up as failures as perfectionism is not a pursuable goal. The researchers have pointed out the motives for perfectionism among men based on achievement and women on relationship motives.