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Warwick Economics Lecture with Dr Thomas Curran

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Warwick Economics Lecture with Dr Thomas Curran

The Department of Economics are delighted to announce Dr Thomas Curran, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE and author of The Perfection Trap, as the final speaker in our Warwick Economics Lecture series for the academic year.

'The Perfection Trap'

Date: Friday 26 April
Time: 3 - 4pm followed by a short drinks reception
Location: OC0.03

This event is for students and staff only and registration is required in order to attend.

Christian Soegaard will introduce the speaker and chair the session. You will have the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A at the end of the lecture, as well as network at our drinks reception in the Oculus foyer after the lecture has taken place.

About the Lecture

This talk will be about the trap of perfectionism. Thomas will discuss the overzealous hypercriticality that germinates in a society that always wants more, and how, while perfectionism ostensibly seeks to improve us, it ultimately leads to hugely negative consequences for our personal wellbeing, performances, and the welfare of our communities at large. If you've ever wondered what's the matter with perfectionism, or why it seems to be the defining characteristic of our times, this talk is for you.

About the Speaker

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Dr Thomas Curran is a world-leading expert on perfectionism, author of the best-selling book The Perfection Trap, and acclaimed associate professor of psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His TED Talk on perfectionism has received over three million views, he has written for major international publications such as TIME magazine and the Harvard Business Review, and his work has been featured in the BBC, New Scientist, New York Times, CNN, and Wall Street Journal.

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Registration is mandatory and please only register if you are going to attend, as spaces are limited.

Registration will close on Friday 26 April at 10am.