Having the complex of the good student, is it a defect or a quality? The shrink’s response

“Wanting to do your job well is a quality,” reminds psychologist Muriel Rey. But some people want to do it so well that the slightest imperfection worries them terribly. “More sensitive than fragile”, according to the therapist, those who are called good students (both men and women) have often been so since childhood, at school, a place of competition par excellence, where this need for be the first. “If I am, I will be loved more than others,” they say to themselves. A feeling sometimes supported by the requirement of the parents.


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