There is no character trait that better fits the definition of a “humblebrag” than perfectionism.

That’s what researcher Thomas Curran thinks, and he’s got the science to back it up. In this TED Talk, Curran describes how perfectionism, often applauded in our society, can actually hold you back. He also explains why the increasing expectations placed on today’s young people are contributing to a rise in perfectionism and a concurrent rise in mental health issues.

Check out his interesting and informative talk about our dangerous obsession with perfectionism—and the first steps you can take to dismantle it.

Watch the talk here.

Feeling the pressure of perfectionism? Check out our Intro to Mental Health in High School.