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When passing someone by on the street in a hallway or just anywhere in everyday life most think that the opposite person must have it so easy But what if you could metaphorically speaking step inside that strangers head and you are to find nothing but extreme amounts of stress caused by all of the pressure in their lives to become perfect Perfect a word without concrete meaning Ascher Pacht former American Psychological Association president once stated My bias is that perfection is not only an undesirable goal but a debilitating one as well In my judgment perfection per se does not exist in reality but it is the striving for that nonexistent perfection that keeps people in turmoil and is associated with a significant number of psychological problems In other words it is not necessarily the outcome that effects the one aiming for perfection it is more the process through which they get to such an outcome as perfection Today students in society are driven by a considerably excessive amount of pressure to be successful and perfect which causes more negative effects than positive effects for the students When one looks at perfection as a trait they must realize that there is more than one form of perfection and how each form is characterized Most including Stoeber Harris and Moon from the Department of Psychology at the University of Kent believe that perfectionism is produced only from setting high standards and striving for flawlessness It is often found that no matter how much a perfectionist accomplishes there is always more to be completed or corrected Perfectionists respond to their underachievement with shame and guilt An example being In fact one study found that unhealthy perfectionists experience elevated levels of guilt and shame when regarding their accomplishments and healthy perfectionists are those who enjoy their strivings and feel pride in their accomplishments Stoeber Harris and Moon 132 In other words unhealthy perfectionists always look at
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