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By Paul L. Hewitt (Author), Gordon L. Flett (Author), Samuel F. Mikail (Author)
Grounded in decades of influential research, this book thoroughly examines perfectionism: how it develops, its underlying mechanisms and psychological costs, and how to target it effectively in psychotherapy. The authors describe how perfectionistic tendencies–rooted in early relational and developmental experiences–make people vulnerable to a wide range of clinical problems. They present an integrative treatment approach and demonstrate ways to tailor interventions to the needs of individual clients. A group treatment model is also detailed. State-of-the-art assessment tools are discussed (and provided at the companion website). Throughout the book, vivid clinical illustrations make the core ideas and techniques concrete.
- Hardcover:336 pages
- Publisher:The Guilford Press; 1 edition (March 29, 2017)
Our purpose in writing this book was not to review the extant research in the perfectionism literature, but to capture in one place our thinking, conceptual analyses, and both models and specifics of the individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment of perfectionism that we have been developing over the past 30 years. The work emphasizes several detailed models outlining our understanding of the multidimen- sional and multilevel nature of perfectionism; the development of per- fectionism as arising from early childhood relational experiences; the mechanisms involved in perfectionism’s role as a core vulnerability fac- tor in many, many forms of dysfunction, distress, and disorders; and, finally, models explaining our individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment of perfectionism. Although this book focuses on perfectionism, if you asked us what this book is about, we would answer quite simply, “It’s about people.” It is too easy to think of perfectionism as a personality construct that exists in and of itself, and to forget that perfectionism exists as a part of a complex person—usually a person in some kind of psychological pain. This volume is inspired by the countless people who have approached us as part of their ongoing search for help with their own perfectionism. Some of them have been willing to travel hundreds or thousands of miles because they are desperate for help and have not found local resources to deal with their perfectionistic behavior. These people usually tell us that their therapists or counselors did not address the specific issues and themes related to their perfectionism, or used a treatment approach that just did not seem very well suited to their daily lives and concerns.