" Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence;
the desire to possess it the most dangerous kind of madness "
--Alfred de Musset 1810-1857


About Dr. Hewitt

Dr. Paul L. Hewitt is a professor of psychology and a registered clinical psychologist whose research interest focuses primarily on personality vulnerabilities and their implications for psychological difficulties among adults, adolescents, and children. In particular, he has conducted extensive research on the construct of perfectionism as a maladaptive and multidimensional personality trait and interpersonal style that is related to problems such as suicide, depression, personality disorders, and relationship, achievement, and health problems.  Additionally, he is conducting research on the treatment of perfectionism and provides assessment and treatment for individuals with perfectionism problems and trains clinicians in the treatment of perfectionistic behaviour. He also conducts workshops on the treatment of perfectionism and does public lectures and presentations.

Dr. Hewitt received his BA from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  He completed his clinical internship at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.


Paul L. Hewitt, Ph.D, R. Psych.
Professor of Psychology
University of British Columbia

Office: 604-822-5827
Email: phewitt (at) psych.ubc.ca

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