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March 2024 - Perfectionism

Perfectionism - frequently asked questions - Australian Gifted Support  Centre 

Week 1

A perfectionist is a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection. In psychology, perfectionism is a personality trait characterized by “a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.”[1] To a perfectionist, anything that’s less than perfect is unacceptable (Celeste Chua, Personal Excellence/Wikipedia)

What does the research say?  The National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) has some good information for families and students about perfectionism.  Read more here!  Another great source of information on perfectionism in the gifted is The Davidson Institute.  One of the articles found in their library can help you learn more about Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism.

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Week 2

What is a growth mindset and how can it help you discover the Secret to Raising Smart Kids?  Stanford Professor of Psychology, Carol Dweck helps us understand growth mindset and fixed mindset.

Growth Mindset - Simulation Center

Week 3

What are some great ways to recognize behavior and effort instead of saying…”You’re so smart!”?  Check these out!

10 Things You Can Say Instead of "You're so Smart!" | Kelty Mental Health


Week 4

Discuss this visual as a family. 

  • What do you notice?
  • What do you wonder?
  • What can we learn from this?

What is something YOU can do differently based on this picture?

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