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Mental Health and Well Being Series for Biomedical Researchers: Perfectionism

Lecture: Wellness

Feb 06, 2023 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sara Hunter, OITE Wellness Advisor
This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Perfectionism is linked to poorer mental health outcomes, including increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. And yet, it continues to be an ever-present part of people’s identity, especially those working within the high stress environment of biomedical research. In this webinar we will define perfectionism and better understand the toll it takes on our lives, explore the contributing factors that perpetuate it, and identify strategies to cultivate a healthy striving mindset, an alternative to the impossibility of perfectionism that is eroding our mental health and our resilience. Immediately following the 1-hour webinar will be a 45-minute small group discussion led by a trained facilitator. There will also be an hour-long supplemental session on February 16th focused on growth mindset, a set of skills necessary to work toward interrupting unhelpful patterned responses of perfectionism.

Monday, February 6th 3:00-4:50pm EDT (Webinar 3:00-4:00pm, Discussion groups 4:05-4:50pm)
Link to register and access the webinar:

This webinar is open to all NIHers and folks outside the NIH, including students, fellows, staff, and faculty. We hope you will join us! The talk will be recorded and will be accessible within 24-48 hours.

American Sign Language interpreting services, CART services, and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, should contact or the NIH Interpreting Office directly, via email, at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance, when possible, in order to ensure interpreter availability.