By Latoya Pousa, Director of Community Life
We look forward to welcoming Ana Homayoun back to Charlotte Prep on Thursday, November 8 for the Community Partnership Series event, The Culture of Perfectionism. The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation follows from 6:30 until 8:00. Childcare for Charlotte Prep students will be provided. A noted teen and millennial expert, author, school consultant, speaker and educator, Ana presented last year’s discussion on social media.
Through her work with teens and young adults, Ana has developed her presentation “The Culture of Perfectionism: Overcoming the Fear of Failure and of Never Being ‘Good Enough’” to address today’s world of high expectations and the anxiety of never being good enough that people of all ages struggle to navigate. Ana will discuss how “recognizing that we each have our own internal definition of perfection is often the first step in redefining and honing our values, developing healthy habits, and pursuing a purpose-filled life.”
A 2017 study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin revealed that perfectionism is on the rise and it can have a negative impact on mental health. In the school environment, students are often told to set high standards for themselves, resulting in many coping behaviors. There is a thin line between having high standards and unrealistic expectations. Perfectionism naturally promotes an ‘all-or-none’ thinking pattern that is impacting learning and achievement.