"Compelling research has recently established the negative effects of perfectionism, yet until now, no serious texts have addressed the management of perfectionist traits as they arise in psychotherapy. This is the first professional volume to provide practical guidance in using psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies to help clients who present maladaptive forms of perfectionism. The book uses an integrated approach to understand the etiology of perfectionism from the perspectives of respected researchers and theorists. It addresses the assessment of adaptive and maladaptive forms of perfectionism, how to manage the defenses and ambivalence displayed by perfectionist clients, and their tendencies toward termination. Case studies will aid psychotherapists in understanding the complex transference and counter-transference issues that often arise with this population"--Publisher's description.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Defining perfectionism and examining the consequences -- Therapeutic alliance and therapy ruptures -- Interpersonal approach and perfectionists -- Self-psychology and perfectionism: consolidation of one's sense of self -- Klein, perfectionism and internal battles -- Mindfulness and Buddhist-influenced techniques -- Cognitive therapy and perfectionism -- Conclusion: major themes in treating perfectionist clients.
Online resource; title from digital title page (ebrary, viewed May 19, 2014).