ERIC Number: EJ1140999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Hyper-Achievement, Perfection, and College Student Resilience
Eells, Gregory T.
Journal of College and Character, v18 n2 p77-82 2017
Over the past decade, there has been considerable attention given to college students' experience of pressure to pursue perfection through hyper-achievement and the psychological and emotional toll this process takes on them. The popular press has highlighted this phenomenon and raised specific questions about some of the related consequences like the need for more mental health services on college campuses, the increased risk of substance abuse problems, and the increased risk of suicide among students. This attention raises questions about how we develop and reinforce the desired academic skills in students without risking the many potential negative psychological and emotional consequences. This article examines these dynamics and describes the SAVES model of resilience cultivation as an anecdote to hyper-achievement and perfection. This model is an acronym that stands for the following: S--Social connectedness, A--Attitude, V--Values, E--Emotional acceptance, S--Silliness/humor.
Descriptors: High Achievement, Humor, College Students, Personality Traits, Well Being, Stress Variables, Mental Health, Health Services, Risk, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Models, Resilience (Psychology), Emotional Disturbances, Student Attitudes, Values, Emotional Adjustment, Interpersonal Relationship, Expectation, Academic Aspiration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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