This is part 3 of a series about confidence. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about meaningfulness. In Part 2, I talked about security. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It … [Read more...]
Do you struggle with perfectionism?
Posts which address the impact of perfectionism on you and your work, and provide strategies for dealing with it.
That’s one of those faux-medical terms for a very real thing: you feel like you don’t really belong, you aren’t really qualified, and at any moment someone is going to find out and your whole life will come crashing down. It’s related to perfectionism in that it’s about not believing you are good … [Read more...]
I bet you were a straight A student. You got lots of praise for being a straight A student. You’ve lived your life thinking being a straight A student is a good thing. It’s not. It encourages all or nothing thinking: If you aren’t going to get an A, it’s not worth doing at all. It … [Read more...]
How do you react if someone suggests you put less time and effort into your teaching preparation? Or, be stricter about office hours? What about the phrase "good enough"? What does that say to you? Confusing excellence with perfection As Kerry Ann Rocquemore pointed out in her excellent blog … [Read more...]
I want to alert you to an excellent series of articles at Inside Higher Education, where Kerry Ann Rockquemore has been writing about academic perfectionism. Many times people get confused because they think that perfectionism is really just a form of striving, being goal-oriented, having … [Read more...]