Little Miss Perfect

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Perfectionism is assumed to be a female trait, but what does that mean, exactly? Cristen and Caroline explore how perfectionism isn't what you think it is and whether women actually are perfectionists in their appearance, career and relationships.

Episode Sources:

"14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out of Control"

"The Alarming New Research on Perfectionism"

"The Many Faces of Perfectionism"

"Perfectionism and Panic"

"The Vicious Triangle of Perfectionism, Anxiety and Depression"

"Treat Yourself with Compassion -- 10 Tips"

"Perfectionism and Claiming Shame"

"Escape the Guilt Trap"

Academic Insights:

"Perfectionism in depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders." Sandra Sassaroli et al. Behaviour Research and Therapy. Vol. 46, Iss. 6. Pages 757-765. June 2008.

"Exploring the development of perfectionism: The Influence of Parenting Style and Gender." David R. Hibbard and Gail E. Walton. Social Behavior and Personality. Vol. 42, No. 2. Pages 269-278. 2014.

"Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)." Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss. Macmillan. September 2009.

"Anxiety as a Mediator Between Perfectionism and Eating Disorders." Sarah J. Egan et al. Cognitive Therapy and Research. Vol. 37, Iss. 5. Pages 905-913. January 2013.

"The Relationships Between Perfectionism, Pathological Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder." Alicia K. Handley et al. BMC Psychiatry. April 2014.

Topics in this Podcast: depression, Mental Health, eating disorders, Anxiety, ocd, suicide