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Perfectionism: A Relational Approach to Conceptualization, Assessment, and Treatment

Paul L. Hewitt, Gordon L. Flett, and Samuel F. Mikail


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.


“The authors have made enormous contributions to our understanding of perfectionism, an affliction that permeates our culture and is implicated in a plethora of mental disorders. This definitive volume lays out their transdiagnostic model of perfectionistic behavior and how to treat it. The best and most comprehensive volume on perfectionism, this is a ‘must read’ for scholars and clinicians who study and treat all forms of psychopathology.” —Randy O. Frost, PhD, Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology, Smith College

“A near-perfect overview of the scope and dangers of perfectionism. The authors define the problem and carefully review the development of major concepts and models. They present creative ways of helping patients burdened with pathological perfectionism, illustrated with clinical vignettes. I recommend this important book.” —J. Scott Rutan, PhD, private practice, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

“Hewitt et al. are world leaders in the field who have pioneered our understanding of the demands of self-perfection, the perfection of others, and fear that others expect perfection from us. As this book brilliantly highlights, the cost of these mental struggles can be enormous, driving people to severe depression, other mental health problems, and even suicide. It is also well known that perfectionists can be difficult to help, making the authors’ compassionate insights for therapeutic engagement immensely useful. This is an outstanding book for its scholarship, clarity, and clinical wisdom—I learned a lot from it, and others will, too.”

—Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE, Head, Mental Health Research Unit, University of Derby, United Kingdom

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March 29, 2017
ISBN 9781462528721
336 Pages
Size: 6″ x 9″