Psychodynamic Treatment of Perfectionism

Research on treatment interventions for perfectionism span from:

  1. The efficacy of given therapeutic approach
  2. factors pertinent to the efficacy of psychotherapy
  3. potential solutions to circumvent resistance to psychotherapy

The purpose of this project, including several studies, is to further develop and refine, as well as evaluate the effectiveness, of the psychotherapeutic treatment of perfectionism developed by Dr. Hewitt and colleagues. Both individual and group treatment programs have been developed and are currently being researched.

Selection of Related Articles:

  • Hewitt, P. L., Habke, A. M., Lee-Baggley, D. L., Sherry, S. B., & Flett, G. L. (2008). The impact of perfectionistic self-presentation on the cognitive, affective, and physiological experience of a clinical interview. Psychiatry: Interpersonal And Biological Processes71(2), 93-122. doi:10.1521/psyc.2008.71.2.93
  • Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2002). Perfectionism and maladjustment: An overview of theoretical, definitional, and treatment issues. In G. L. Flett, P. L. Hewitt (Eds.) , Perfectionism: Theory, research, and treatment (pp. 5-31). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/10458-001