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2. Causes of Perfectionism

A perfectionist is driven by internal pressures to avoid failure, though there is a social aspect to these drives, as well. There has been an increase in perfectionism in young adults over the past three decades that experts attribute to greater competition both academically and professionally and the prevalence of social media. The drive to be perfect is often the result of pressure placed on children by their parents or other authority figures when they are quite young.

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