Volume 21, Issue 3

Perfectionism and Self-Criticism: Clinical considerations

The aim of this paper is to present the psychological construct self-criticism and its relationship with the construct of maladaptative perfectionism. It reviews the relevance of both self-criticism and maladaptative perfectionism in the literature and the results of current research on these topics. We put a special emphasis on the maladaptative dimension of selfcriticism and its relationship with maladaptative perfectionism. We present a case report to illustrate the therapeutic strategies applied to modify perfectionistic beliefs.

self criticism, cognitive style, discrepancy, maladaptative perfectionism

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