Perfectionism is on the rise – and we're all paying the cost

New research shows elevated risks of anxiety, depression, and suicide linked to perfectionism.

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  • A study of 41,641 college students shows that perfectionism is increasing year after year.
  • Along with perfectionist tendencies, researchers noted a symmetrical rise in anxiety, depression, and suicide.
  • The study looks not at parental influence, but at neoliberal policies that have fostered a cult of individualism.
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  • Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin is the only person to catch a pass in the NFL and in space.
  • Here, he shares his thoughts on living in a state of grace and advocating for justice.
  • Humanity's future is among the stars and to get there, we'll need everyone's diverse talents.


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Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogan: The gender paradox and the importance of competition

The Canadian professor has been on the Joe Rogan Experience six times. There's a lot of material to discuss.

  • Jordan Peterson has constantly been in the headlines for his ideas on gender over the last three years.
  • While on Joe Rogan's podcast, he explains his thoughts on the gender differences in society.
  • On another episode, Peterson discusses the development of character through competition.
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Why American culture gets mistakes all wrong

Mistakes are part of learning, not a failure of character.

A young woman smokes a cigarette during a break outside an office building on May 4, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Smoking is banned in Germany in restaurants and most indoor venues. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • Americans treat mistakes as character flaws, write Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson.
  • The Japanese, by contrast, treat errors as an essential part of personal growth.
  • Coming clean about our mistakes helps us earn trust and feel better about ourselves.
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Jordan Peterson on the art of forgiveness

Owning your mistakes matters.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: Jordan Peterson speaks at ICC Sydney Theatre on February 26, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
  • Jordan Peterson says that recognizing your mistakes is essential, but you shouldn't "beat yourself to death" because of them.
  • Atoning and repenting for mistakes clear the path for personal growth.
  • If you avoid the responsibility of your errors, however, you're likely to make them again and again.
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