Perfectly Trained Essay

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In preschool we are all carefree, we don’t care about the clothes we wear or the way we write our names all we care about is having fun. But as we grow and become adults the little voices in our heads, or the Censor as Julia Cameron states, also grows and are conditioned to inform us of our mistakes such as how our bow ties are not straight or how our shoes could be cleaner. The training of the censor starts at a young age and although is influenced by various components the perfectionist mindset can be most affected by the harsh aspects of teachers. Teachers have the ability to build a child’s censor into either a strong confident voice or to break it down into a self-loathing perfectionist. Teachers need to be aware of the effect they have on students such as when they make comments to students because even in a joking manner it can be harmful. For instance during my senior year of high school I had a friend whose dream was to become a professional tattoo artist, she had imagined going to college to get a business degree so that she could eventually own her own business but when she told our English teacher about her aspirations our teacher made a joke stating that to she should set up shop in a prison because that would be the only place that she’ll ever get any business. While our teacher thought this to only be a joke it made a tremendous impression on my friend’s censor and how she would go about the activities she did from then on. Therefore schools need to encourage the acceptance of mistakes and help children realize the boundaries between expectations and being perfect while also promoting confidence in their ability to succeed.
Perfectionist struggle with being unable to control a situation, Brenda Gargus suggests that perfectionist try to protect themselves from embarrassment, criticism, anger and the withdrawal of love or approval by controlling the environment and the reactions of others.(Gargus, www.Suite101.com) This can be caused by a teacher making the wrong comment to a student causing them to become angry at the situation because they are unable to control the outcome and are afraid of not being perfect.This can become damaging and can form feelings of inadequacy and a negative censor. As a teacher it should be their job help encourage students so that a perfectionist censor can be avoided.
To help a student grow into a confident productive adult teachers should try helping kids accept that mistakes are acceptable and in no way determine the future. That although the work is not perfect, “Mistakes are a part of learning.”(Smutny, http://www.pta.org) Teachers should strive to have a student do the best they can. When a teacher pushes a student to be perfect it creates a mindset that is self-destructive and can have a negative effect on the censor. Picture an art class in elementary school where students are sketching out ideas for their next project, but one boy keeps erasing his sketches because he doesn’t think they are...

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