Perfection or Bust

Ref: C3841889

The pressure to be "the best" in our appearance, work, social life can have a corrosive effect on mental well being and our enjoyment of life. When we feel shame at not being "good enough" we may withdraw from friendships or express anger and frustration - right at the time when we need people to support us. Perfectionism is not an illness but a character trait and fortunately, new habits can be acquired which allow us insight into our habits and behaviour along with the ability to change that behaviour and challenge our thought process. With warmth and compassion we will explore ways to be kinder to ourselves, more realistic and less likely to avoid tasks or social situations for fear that we are not "good enough". This course includes participation and discussion but is not designed as a therapeutic intervention.

Course aim

Having high standards is widely admired but what if high standards lead to high levels of stress, task avoidance, procrastination or relationship difficulties? If perfectionism is holding you back this is the course for you.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Insight into own thoughts, behaviour and impact upon well being
  • Knowledge of how perfectionism can be understood ( research & studies into the subject)
  • Confidently practice techniques to change patterns of thinking
  • Be more confident of my ability to develop more sustaining habits of thought in the longer term
  • Have a broader societal understanding of how perfectionism may impact

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • pen and notepad, internet access helps but provision will be made for students who lack internet access

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details

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Perfection or Bust

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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