Remember the last blog about perfectionism? Part two is here. It’s a given that perfectionism is common. Perfectionism is falsely portrayed in everything from billboard ads and commercials to the “selfie” posted on Facebook. Eating disorders have firm roots in the drive for perfectionism.
So, what if perfectionism was challenged at its root? Or perhaps more realistically, after it has taken root and sprouted a seedling instead of a giant oak tree with thick, deep, sprawling roots? That is exactly what one girls’ high school in the United Kingdom is doing, naming its initiative “The Death of Little Miss Perfect.” (see link to article below)
The aim is to bring a healthy dose of reality to the pressures of high school. Instead of striving to be “perfect” (an arbitrary term, if you ask me), the students are asked to manage expectations, and to learn to cope with the disappointment that often comes in life. Shouldn’t we all become pupils and celebrate “The Death of Little Miss Perfect?” Shouldn’t we all begin to believe that the perfectionism with which we are inundated in our everyday lives is really just a false representation? And instead of getting caught up in living vicariously through our children, seek to protect them and ourselves from perfectionism? Seek to protect our children and ourselves from the pitfalls of not taking the time (and effort) to nurture our own mental health?
Think about it. You could save someone you love (that includes yourself!) from an eating disorder.