When a High Distinction isn ’ t Good Enough : A Review of Perfectionism and Self-Handicapping

  title={When a High Distinction isn ’ t Good Enough : A Review of Perfectionism and Self-Handicapping},
  author={H. S. J. Kearns and Angus G. Forbes and M. B. Gardiner and Kelly Marshall},
This paper addresses two problems which are common amongst university students, namely perfectionism and self-handicapping. Perfectionism deals with setting unreasonably high standards for one’s own performance, while self-handicapping behaviours provide a possible excuse for poor performance, for example putting tasks off until the last minute. Although they have the potential for many negative outcomes in students, such as anxiety and poor performance, university communities have done little… CONTINUE READING


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