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Unpacking the Paradox of the Perfection Trap

September 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Unpacking the Paradox of the Perfection Trap with speaker Thomas Curran.

We live in a society that continually broadcasts the need to want more, from our personal to our working lives, it incessantly promotes this idea of desire. And the way we achieve this goal? We must be perfect.

We’re also witnessing an alarming surge in burnout and depression. These record levels are caused by this perpetual strive for perfection, we are stuck in a trap – but how can we escape it?

Join Thomas Curran as he explores the Paradox of the Perfection on everything from performance to social and financial inequality. He shows what we can do as individuals to resist the modern-day pressure to be perfect.

Discover what you need to prioritise, meet the world where it is and strive for purpose instead of more by embracing the power of ‘good enough’ in your life.

Copies of Thomas’ latest book ‘The Perfection Trap: The Power of Good Enough in a World That Always Wants More’ will be available to purchase from Amazon and all good bookstores.

Event type

This is a livestream event where the speaker and audience come together online.

You will have priority access to the recorded video for two weeks after the event has taken place.

About Thomas Curran

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Thomas Curran is a British Psychological Society chartered social psychologist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His primary area of expertise is the personality characteristic of perfectionism, how it develops, and how it impacts mental health. His most notable work is the theory of cultural influences on perfectionism, which rose to especial prominence following a 2017 publication of the first systems-level cohort study to show that perfectionism is on the rise in American, Canadian, and British college students.

He is the author of over 30 published papers and book chapters on related topics and he has received numerous awards for his scholarship and research. Informed by his research and expertise in data analysis, he has previously lectured to undergraduates in the UK and Australia.

Timing for the livestream

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for two weeks after the event date.



September 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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