How to Stop the Cycle of Overachieving
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Many people who end up in prestigious careers choose their professions, consciously or subconsciously, in order to seek the approval of others. But that can create depression and anxiety. Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks with author Julie Lythcott-Haims about her journey from a childhood filled with pressure to succeed, to becoming a corporate lawyer, to becoming a dean at Stanford, where she tried to guide young people into paths that truly fit them.

Note: We updated this episode to correct an error in the introduction. Julie Lythcott-Haims did not teach law at Stanford; she was Dean of Students.

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