This milestone text provides a comprehensive and state-of-the art overview of perfectionism theory, research, and treatment from the past 25 years, with contributions from the leading researchers in the field.

The book examines new theories and perspectives including the social disconnection model of perfectionism and the 2 × 2 model of perfectionism. It also reviews empirical findings, with a special focus on stress, vulnerability, and resilience, and examines perfectionism in specific populations. Finally, it considers how perfectionism relates to physical health and psychophysiological processes and introduces new approaches to effective prevention and treatment.

By increasing our understanding of perfectionism as a complex personality disposition and providing a framework for future explorations, this landmark publication aims to promote further research in this field. It will be invaluable reading for academics, students, and professionals in personality psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, applied psychology, and related disciplines.

part |17 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

The Psychology of Perfectionism

An Introduction
ByStoeber Joachim

part I|93 pages

Perspectives on Perfectionism

chapter 2|25 pages


A Motivational Perspective
ByJoachim Stoeber, Lavinia E. Damian, Daniel J. Madigan

chapter 3|24 pages

The 2 × 2 Model of Perfectionism

Assumptions, Trends, and Potential Developments
ByPatrick Gaudreau, Véronique Franche, Kristina Kljajic, Gabrielle Martinelli

chapter 4|20 pages

Perfectionism and Personality

ByJoachim Stoeber, Philip J. Corr, Martin M. Smith, Donald H. Saklofske

chapter 5|22 pages

Perfectionism Cognition Theory

The Cognitive Side of Perfectionism
ByGordon L. Flett, Paul L. Hewitt, Taryn Nepon, Avi Besser

part II|64 pages

Perfectionism in Special Populations

chapter 6|21 pages

Perfectionism and Anxiety in Children

ByNicholas W. Affrunti, Janet Woodruff-Borden

chapter 7|21 pages

Perfectionism in Gifted Students

ByKristie L. Speirs Neumeister

chapter 8|20 pages

Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise

ByAndrew P. Hill, Gareth E. Jowett, Sarah H. Mallinson-Howard

part III|88 pages

Vulnerability and Resilience

chapter 9|23 pages

Perfectionism and Interpersonal Problems

Narcissistic and Self-Critical Perfectionism
BySimon B. Sherry, Sean P. Mackinnon, Logan J. Nealis

chapter 10|22 pages

Perfectionism and Health

The Roles of Health Behaviors and Stress-Related Processes
ByDanielle S. Molnar, Fuschia M. Sirois, Gordon L. Flett, William F. Janssen, Paul L. Hewitt

chapter 11|21 pages

Perfectionism and Daily Stress, Coping, and Affect

Advancing Multilevel Explanatory Conceptualizations
ByDavid M. Dunkley

chapter 12|20 pages

Perfectionism and Emotion Regulation

ByKenneth G. Rice, Hanna Suh, Don E. Davis

part IV|68 pages

Prevention and Treatment

chapter 13|19 pages

Prevention of Perfectionism in Youth

ByTracey D. Wade

chapter 14|22 pages

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Perfectionism

BySarah J. Egan, Roz Shafran

chapter 15|25 pages

Perfectionism in the Therapeutic Context

The Perfectionism Social Disconnection Model
ByPaul L. Hewitt, Gordon L. Flett, Samuel F. Mikail, David Kealy, Lisa C. Zhang

part V|22 pages


chapter 16|20 pages

The Psychology of Perfectionism

Critical Issues, Open Questions, and Future Directions
ByStoeber Joachim