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Pressure to Be Perfect May Increase Suicide Risk in Some Individuals

A recent analysis of published studies suggests that self-generated and socially based pressures to be perfect may contribute to suicidal thoughts and attempts in individuals.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:01 am EDT

A recent analysis of published studies suggests that self-generated and socially based pressures to be perfect may contribute to suicidal thoughts and attempts in individuals. The Journal of Personality analysis included 45 studies with 11,747 participants, composed of undergraduates, medical students, community adults, and psychiatric patients.

Thirteen of 15 perfectionism dimensions had positive relationships with suicidal thoughts, with the most perniciousness form of perfectionism involving perceived external pressure to be perfect.

“Perfectionism can be deadly,” said Dr. Martin Smith, lead author of the analysis.

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Link to Study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jopy.12333/full

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Journal of Personality publishes scientific investigations in the field of personality. It focuses particularly on personality and behavior dynamics, personality development, and individual differences in the cognitive, affective, and interpersonal domains. The journal reflects and stimulates interest in the growth of new theoretical and methodological approaches in personality psychology.

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