298: How to Reduce the Harm of Constant Comparison

A downside of being a student is that you’re the subject of constant comparison to other students — whether it’s related to smartness, grades, SAT scores, or what college you got into.

There are some simple ways adults can shift they way they talk to teens to avoid “compare and despair.”

Tune in to hear Gretchen and Megan riff on this important topic. Specifically they cover:

  • Some typical ways that students compare themselves to other students, and adults fall into a similar trip
  • The ways in which this comparison habit is counter productive
  • Advice for what kinds of questions to ask students and parents when discussing academics and college admissions, that bypass this comparison trap
  • And more