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Thomas Curran

Associate Professor
London School of Economics and Political Science


Thomas Curran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a world-leading expert on perfectionism and author of The Perfection Trap.



Areas of expertise

  • Perfectionism
  • Burnout
  • Performance
  • Productivity
  • Mental health
  • Social psychology


Dr Thomas Curran is the world's 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 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.

Through extensive research, public speaking, consulting services, and academic instruction, Dr. Curran is not just participating in but leading the global conversation on perfectionism. His mission is clear: to uncover the root of perfectionism, its effects on us, the reasons for its rise, and most importantly, what we can do to stop it.

As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, Dr Thomas Curran challenges the modern-day imperative to do more and have more and instead offers realism, teaching us that the unrelenting treadmill of perfectionism is exhausting, compromising our mental health, impacting our relationships, and blocking progress toward our goals.

Types of Engagement


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