Perfectionism is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.” While some have thought this trait to be a positive in the past, new research is showing the harm it can cause. In the article, The Dangerous Downsides of Perfectionism, the negative impact of perfectionism is discussed. Boys are not immune to perfectionism, but because girls are still socialized differently, it is important to understand how perfectionism manifests in girls and how it can be addressed.
When we think of the word “failure” it can often bring up thoughts of inadequacy, not being good enough, or being unsuccessful in a particular aspect of life. Many times children feel if they don’t get the answer right the first time or make a mistake when learning a new skill, that somehow they have failed.
What if, instead of viewing mistakes or failure as something negative that indicates a deficit we possess, we begin to view it as an opportunity? Imagine that - failure is an opportunity! An opportunity for growth, an opportunity to learn and thoroughly understand, an opportunity to achieve something great!