Pursuing a Path to a More Perfect Future
On Causes, Correlates, and Consequences of Perfectionism
This chapter addresses past studies on maladaptive perfectionism, the notion that high standards of performance are pathological. It is shown that this perfectionism can be distressful, and a future distress maker. It is noted that perfectionism underscores the conventional view of adult perfectionism as maladaptive. In addition, some of the key theoretical underpinnings behind the new multidimensional and multifunctional model are reported, and the chapter then reviews some emerging findings. Generally speaking, there is emerging evidence in favor of a model of perfectionism as both adaptive and maladaptive, as is the case in recent studies of performance perfectionism.
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