How can I stop comparing myself with my peers?
- By: Caroline Elton
To get into medical school you have to be both strong academically and focused. Typically, top grades and an impressive CV don’t come from slouching around. But you can have too much of a good thing, and the same personal attributes that have contributed to your success can be problematic when used to excess. In other words, striving to be top of the class probably helped you to get into medical school, but if you constantly compare yourself with others (and perhaps find yourself wanting) your competitiveness and drive have become counterproductive.
I put your question to a colleague who sees a lot of medical students at the university counselling service where she works as a cognitive behavioural therapist practitioner. This is what she said:
“If this student came to me as a client, I would encourage them to explore whether comparing themselves with others has become an unhelpful behaviour