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Perfectionism in School by Kristie L. Speirs Neumeister, Kathryn L. Fletcher

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CHAPTER 2

Attachment, Personality, and Perfectionism

Researchers interested in understanding the origins of perfectionism have examined personality and attachment as two contributing factors (Hewitt, Flett, & Mikail, 2017). Incorporating elements of personality and attachment, Blatt proposed a model of personality development that included self-definition and relatedness as primary dimensions (Blatt, 2004; Blatt & Levy, 2003; Blatt & Luyten, 2009; Blatt & Zuroff, 1992). Self-definition refers to cognitions, emotions, and actions toward the self, whereas relatedness refers to cognitions, emotions, and actions toward others. Yet personality development depends on the dynamic interaction of self-definition and relatedness across the lifespan: a ...

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