Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

The fact is humans struggle regardless of how perfect  your life may seem on social media
(see this http://fh.house.upenn.edu/node/6672)

This New York Times piece talks about Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

my take from it is that if we want to avoid pressure from perfection, we need to do the following:

  1. Do not try to please others (The pressure to appear “perfect” and happy to others, even when anxious or upset)
  2. See failure as lessons instead of setbacks
  3. Do not determine your worth based on comparing with others’ accomplishment
  4. Do not see your identity as what you have accomplished 

And one interesting point is that some people in Taiwan praise western parents’ education style and say that those parents set their children free but this article implies in the US Parents with a perfectionism standard being too involved in their adolescent children’s lives and decision-making

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