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Teenagers’ Pursuit Of Perfection: Detours And Roadblocks To Development

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Teenagers’ Pursuit of Perfection: Detours and Roadblocks to Development

Lipa City

In partial fulfillment
of the requirements in English IV

English IV
Research Paper

Teenagers’ Pursuit of Perfection:
Detours and Roadblocks to Development

Table of Contents

Title Page……………………………………………………………………………………………….. i

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………………… ii

Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………………………. iii

I. Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………… p. 1

a. Statement of the Problem ..….……………………………………………………....... p. 2
b. Significance of the Study …...………………………………………………………….. p. 2
c. Scope of the Study ……...………………………………………………………………… p. 3 ...view middle of the document...

We all don’t know everything that we should know, and most certainly we are always trying to get better at something that we do. But what’s bad about being too good? The desire to be perfect burdens many people and ironically dooms them to unhappiness.

Some experts believe that perfectionism develops during childhood, and mostly shown during the early stages of adulthood. Problems like family pressure, social pressure, self-pressure and unrealistic role models combine which makes people enter into a lifetime of worrying, feeling guilty and working too hard. They come to believe that unless they are perfect, they are unworthy of love and respect. People say that perfectionism also gives us a positive effect, but it really isn’t the pursuit of perfection that gives this positive effect. It is the pursuit of excellence. Perfection is rather impossible to achieve. However, the pursuit of excellence is attainable. The most important similarity is the fact that perfection and excellence lie not at the destination but in the journey. It’s just about learning to strike a balance between the things you go through every day. It also shows you why it is important to give yourself a break every now and then, and also to be pleased, contented and happy with what you have right now. This pursuit is more intense among the early stages of adulthood, the teenagers, for two reasons. Firstly, they have youthful energy, enthusiasm and passion that allow them to be more intense and secondly, they lack the maturity, experience and wisdom of the adults. But most of us underestimate the pursuit of excellence and gives their full attention to attaining perfectionism. This leads to emotional distress, academic problems and a change in the relationships with people. If teenagers could control their perfectionism, it may release other abilities they didn’t know they had. And it will certainly make their lives easier, more satisfying, and more fun. Teenagers’ pursuit of perfection can be a factor which may be either disadvantageous or beneficial to their growth and pursuit of self development. Discovering ways on how to overcome perfectionism will be of big help to the development and self-discovery of these teenagers.

I. Statement of the Problem

In this research paper, we will be discussing how perfectionism affects these teenagers’ daily lives. We will be finding ways on how these teenagers can overcome their perfectionism. Controlling their perfectionism will give them improvements and benefits to their academics, personality, self-esteem, self-development and self-discovery. We will be answering theses questions at the end of our research:

1.) What are the student’s perceptions towards perfection?
2.) How can perfection affect self -esteem?
3.) How can the teenagers’ pursuit to perfection affect their social life?
4.) What are the advantages and disadvantages of striving for perfection?
5.) What would be the improvements (whether in academics,...

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