Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
CE Credits: 1.50
Perfectionism, defined as a deep-seated sense of unlovableness, unworthiness or inability to ‘measure up,’ and typically accompanied by severe self-criticism and a compulsive striving for some kind of excellence (e.g., academics, ‘niceness,’ thinness, work, sports, etc.) is rampant in Western culture. Some would estimate that fully half of Americans struggle with some form of low-esteem and lack of fulfillment rooted in this problem. In certain populations the percentages are even greater (e.g., higher education, the seminarians population, etc.). This presentation will outline the origins of this growing problem, point out the consequences of it upon the culture and among Christians, and offer a specific clinical tool for improving, and for many, completely eliminating all symptoms of the problem.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Explain how perfectionism commonly develops in Western culture.
- Identify common ways in which perfectionism manifests itself within individuals.
- Discuss the clinical technique presented for reducing or eliminating the maladaptive beliefs and behaviors of perfectionism within a short period of time.