ERIC Number: EJ812520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
So Perfect It's Positively Harmful?: Reflections on the Adaptiveness and Maladaptiveness of Positive and Negative Perfectionism
Owens, R. Glynn; Slade, Peter D.
Behavior Modification, v32 n6 p928-937 2008
The article by Flatt and Hewitt (2006) highlights a number of important issues in the study of perfectionism and rightly urges caution against simplistic conceptualizations. Their view that the term "perfectionism" should be reserved for pathological forms of behavior is questionable, though understandable given the perspective from which they view it. But whatever the terminology used, the underlying processes remain unaffected. Relevance of the data they cite in support of an alleged maladaptive side to positive perfectionism, however, rests on the assumption of close parallels between self-oriented perfectionism and positive perfectionism, an assumption that may not be justified. It is important to draw attention not only to differences between the theoretical underpinnings of their and the authors' perspectives but also to points of agreement that the authors may previously have failed to make clear. The authors concur entirely with their view that clear avenues of potential research are now apparent that should serve to clarify the issues.
Descriptors: Reinforcement, Psychological Patterns, Pathology, Adjustment (to Environment), Personality Traits, Labeling (of Persons)
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