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#PerfectlyImperfectNU event shines light on topic of maladaptive perfectionism

Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, Ph.D., LCP
• November 08, 2018

Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, Ph.D., was quoted in a variety of media outlets about the potential risks of maladaptive perfectionism in conjunction with a campus event the Perfectly Imperfect Lab hosted at Northwestern University.

The Lily

15 ways to be less perfect (and probably happier) in 2019

By Nneka McGuire
January 3, 2019

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Huffington Post

How To Tell If Your Perfectionism Is Normal Or Unhealthy — Plus expert advice on what to do if your perfectionism is taking over your life.

By Nicole Pajer
November 30, 2018

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Business Insider

Perfectionism has become an unhealthy “epidemic” among millennials, psychologists say

By Caroline Praderio
November 27, 2018

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Perfectionism: Can High Standards Lead To Mental Health Disorders?

By Renae Reints
November 8, 2018

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The Atlantic

The Problem With Being Perfect — A trait that’s often seen as good can actually be destructive. Here’s how to combat it.

By Olga Khazan
November 5, 2018

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The Daily Northwestern

Don't pretend you’re perfect, Family Institute tells students

By Cameron Cook
November 1, 2018

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Chicago Tribune

The overachieving generation: As millennials strive for perfection, anxiety and depression increase

By Alison Bowen
October 31, 2018

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WGN Radio

Frank and Kathy Host A Panel Discussion On Staying Fit, Perfectionism and Body Image

The Frank Fontana Show
October 28, 2018


The event on Northwestern’s campus, #PerfectlyImperfectNU, took place on November 1 and highlighted the importance of “flaunting your flaws.” Passersby could write a postcard to perfectionism and learn tips about how to cope with unhealthy perfectionism.

Jessica Rohlfing Pryor, Ph.D., LCP

Core Faculty, Counseling Program

Dr. Pryor is the Managing Associate Editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (Springer), and serves on the editorial board for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (Taylor & Francis).