Perfection: The not good enough self.

Dr Michael Williamson

Perfectionism presents in both positive and negative, or adaptive and maladaptive forms. The disability of perfectionism might be understood as the compulsion to consistently achieve at impossible levels. New, expanding research examines the myriad factors associated with disabling perfectionism, positive perfectionism and their relationships. There may also be cultural facors which promote perfectionistic responses, such as anorexia, in some who are already vulnerable for developmental reasons. Perfectionism appears to be most strongly promoted by parent-child relationships which centre on control, criticism and conditional approval and love. The child can never feel "good enough." As part of an overview of this condition, a clinical case will illustrate the proposed genesis, progress and treatment of perfectionism.

Master of Medicine and (Psychotherapy); Master of Science in Medicine (Psychotherapy)
Psychotherapy Think Tank / Grand Rounds
Mental Health Sciences Centre,
Building 112, Cumberland Hospital. NSW, Australia
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Recorded: 03 June 2010

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Dr Michael Williamson

Dr Michael Williamson is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist now working in private practice after lengthy experience in the public health system. He was one of the foundation members of ANZAP and its first NSW President. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer of the University of Sydney and has been a long term Faculty member of the Master of Medicine program in psychotherapy. He is interested in the psychotherapy of developmental trauma in adults, and the Self in Literature and Art.

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