Academia

Academic Round-Up: Perfectionism is good for you, and white men are scared of diversity

Below is a round-up of some of the interesting academic research that’s been happening in various fields recently.

Perfectionism is (sometimes) good for you

Researchers at the University of Kent in Canterbury have discovered that perfectionism can either help or hinder flourishing, depending on where the perfectionism’s coming from.

If you’re a perfectionist because you’re being pushed by social pressure – for example, because your parents are determined that you’re going to get stellar grades – you’re less likely to reap actual benefits from this throughout your life. If, however, you’re a perfectionist because it’s very important to you personally to achieve something, then you’re much more likely to have a positive relationship with the tasks you’re performing, and on the whole to do a better job of them.

This relates to a study a few years ago that talked about being a workaholic: once again, that one showed that if you’re driven to work through social pressures, then being a workaholic correlated with poor health and worse outcomes, whereas if you’re working because you just love it, you end up both happier and better at your job.

Just another reason to not listen to what other people tell you to do 😉

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Read the full study here

#Masculinitysofragile it’s threatened by diversity

In a study that will surprise precisely no one who’s worked in an office building that contains a large cross-section of this group, a new study from the University of California has discovered that pro-diversity messages seem ‘unfair’ and threatening to white men.

And not only did they perceive diversity as threatening; there were physiological aspects at play, too. White male participants applying to a pro-diversity company exhibited a greater cardiovascular threat compared with the control group. They also didn’t do so well in interviews, because they were so afraid of being treated unfairly for being white when a company mentioned pro-diversity in its job ads.

Read the full study here

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