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Perfectionism Myths

Hill, Andrew P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6370-8901 (2021) Perfectionism Myths. In: Handbook of Self-Regulation and Motivation. Routledge, pp. 78-86

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Researchers have examined perfectionism in sport and exercise psychology for nearly 30 years. Over the course of this research we have learned a great deal about perfectionism. Despite considerable progress, however, perfectionism remains misunderstood by many researchers and practitioners. The chapter discusses four common myths regarding perfectionism. Specifically, that perfectionism refers only to the personal standards of athletes, that types of perfectionists exist, that perfectionism is necessary to be successful, and that perfectionism can be good for your health. Each of these myths is debunked by explaining how they lay in stark contrast to the findings of scientific research. In doing so, perfectionism is revealed to be a multidimensional personality trait evident to some degree in everyone. Moreover, its consequences are complex and can include performance benefits, for some athletes some of the time, but also motivation, performance, and wellbeing difficulties, for most athletes most of the time.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF501-505 Motivation
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4873

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