Mar 20, 2019
By Jane Brown
A Canadian study has concluded that millennials are more inclined to be perfectionists than previous generations, and researchers say that could cause problems.
The study in the Personality and Social Psychology Review suggests parental and socio-cultural factors, including a rise in social media, have contributed to increasing rates of perfectionism.
Dr. Simon Sherry, one of the study’s authors and a clinical psychologist in Halifax, says perfectionism can cause increases in mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and stress.
One of the largest studies ever conducted on perfectionism, the meta-analytic review, involved 77 studies and nearly 25,000 participants ranging in age from 15 to 49.
It found that perfectionists tend to strive for flawlessness, have unrealistic standards and experience intense pressure to be perfect.