Bright Now Podcast Show Notes 

Episode Date: 1 October 2019; (Season 3, Episode 1)

Description: Can the relentless pursuit of perfection hinder a child’s academic development? In our season three inaugural episode, Dr. Michelle Muratori, research psychologist and counselor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and CTY’s Jonathan Plucker explore what parents of gifted children can do to balance striving for greatness with the social and emotional pitfalls of maladaptive perfectionism.

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Adelson, J. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2009). Letting go of perfect: Overcoming perfectionism in kids. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. (I do endorse this book. Drs. Adelson and Wilson do great work.)

Callard-Szulgit, R. (2012). Perfectionism and gifted children (2nd Ed.) Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Articles related to Perfectionism: Davidson Institute for Talent Development Database

Helpful Tips for Parents of Perfectionistic Gifted Learners: By Susan T. Berry, Ph.D.

Perfectionism and the Gifted Child: Resources on Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page  

Questions to Ponder

  • Is my child’s/my student’s perfectionism adaptive or maladaptive?

  • Is the perfectionism applied broadly or only at specific times or on specific types of tasks?

  • What are some long-term strategies we can use to help a bright student address maladaptive perfectionism? As a parent, teacher, or student, do you find yourself dealing with perfectionism? If so, under what conditions?

  • How do you manage those feelings and behaviors?

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The Bright Now is produced by Jonathan Plucker, Tracey Gaughran, and Tricia Schellenbach. Audio production by the team at Clean Cuts, a Three Seas company. Special thanks to CTY’s interim executive director, Dr. Amy Shelton. Bright Now is underwritten by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.  

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