Perfectionism in the Time of COVID-19: A Supportive Conversation

Fri, May 22, 2020, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

This event is for Princeton University graduate students and postdocs.

The “enemy of the good,” according to Voltaire, perfectionism is a behavioral pattern frequently attributed to graduate students. During this current pandemic crisis, however, its effects may be even more keenly felt. What new pressures to excel might we place on ourselves in the current moment? How can we respond? In this supportive conversation, we’ll unpack “perfectionism” and explore some of its roots and consequences, before turning to reflect on how we relate to it now. We’ll conclude by thinking through some possible interventions, such as recognizing the productive value of idleness and the art of being “good enough.”

Facilitated by: John Schulz, Ph.D. candidate in English, and McGraw Center University Administrative Fellow

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