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Jump to The truth behind the death of Little Miss Perfect The quest for perfectionism is damaging young women beyond repair, prompting a backlash from high-achieving schools.
So just how do we explain the death of "Little Miss Perfect" to our girls - and what can we do to boost their confidence again? Shouldn't we be celebrating girls' achievements next week? Headmistress Judith Carlisle explains: "Real life is not about perfection.
Even the most successful of lives has its share of setbacks, disappointments and failures. Headmistress Judith Carlisle has railed against the "Little Miss Perfect" image in schools Moderation is everything… Experts agree that the culture of perfectionism among high-achieving, driven, middle-class girls is highly damaging.
It can be a brilliant trait to get you places, but unfortunately it involves a lot of self-criticism and unless you can moderate that, you become more susceptible to doing drastic things. Perfectionists are more likely to suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia It makes you sick… Perfectionism should be considered as a risk factor for disease lioking the same way as obesity and smoking, warns Dr Danielle Molnar, a psychologist at Brock University, Canada.
Dr Molnar studied adults aged 24 to 35 who took a questionnaire called the 'Multi-Dimensional Perfectionism Scale', which determines if you're a perfectionist and, if so, which type. The research, published insuggested socially-prescribed perfectionists had worse physical health, misa more visits to the doctor and took more sick days.
Have a go yourself, here. Parents can "go lokking on praise, an expert has warned Or social media… Dr Key says she has seen a "massive ts escorts macclesfield in the of patients citing social media as playing a role in illnesses such as anorexia and bulimia. What social media is doing is making us more dissatisfied with our bodies, as well as pushing a message that they are modifiable.
If you were more robust, with better immunity, you could withstand it. But says Carlisle, forget the headline data: "Statistics often hide stories of extraordinary endeavour," which should be celebrated in themselves. Statistics often hide extraordinary stories - so forget the headline data on grades Or their slightly counter-intuitive schemes Head Heather Hanbury explains: "Some teenagers will continue to push themselves, never recognising when they've done enough.
Girls should be taught to celebrate their successes, according to Heather Hanbury, the head of Wimbledon High School. Credit: Paul Grover Wimbledon High School runs a "blow your own trumpet" week to celebrate success Not to mention the brave attempts to keep Twitter in check… At Heathfield School Ascot motto: "The Merit of One is the Honour of All"girls are only allowed the most basic mobile phones until the age of 13, looling cannot take or send pictures, and internet access is restricted to try to block access to pro-ana websites, which perfuct competitive anorexia.
Avoid the high street for the biggest fro phone savings Credit: photolibrary At Heathfield School Ascot, girls aren't allowed hi-tech mobile phones until they're 13 You could turn off the TV and social media, though: No TVs or using the PC in bedrooms, says parenting expert Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Girls. You watch TV for entertainment; they watch it to learn how others behave.
And she warned in a speech last year that some parents "never exposed" their daughters to negative feedback. This made girls into "perfectionists", who would not take risks in case they failed, instead of coping with failure and growing up to be leaders.