How Other-Oriented Perfectionism Differs from Self-Oriented and Socially Prescribed Perfectionism: Further Findings

  • Joachim Stoeber
  • Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, May 2015, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10862-015-9485-y

Other-oriented perfectionism: High self-regard, low regard for others

What is it about?

This is a follow-up study to Stoeber's (2013) article further examining the question of how other-oriented perfectionism (OOP) differs from other forms of perfectionism. OOP is an interesting form of perfectionism, because other-oriented perfectionists expect perfection from others (not themselves) and are critical of others when they do not fulfil these expectations. The main finding: OOP was associated with a preference for aggressive humor, uncaring traits, individualistic orientations, and positive self-regard as well as low levels of prosocial orientations and other-interest.

Why is it important?

Even though OOP was introduced 25 years ago (Flett & Hewitt, 1991), we know much less about OOP than about other forms of perfectionism. The present research--together with Stoeber's (2013) research--show that other-oriented perfectionists have a unique personality profile characterized by high self-regard and low regard for others. Other-oriented perfectionists feel good about themselves, but may be bad news for those around them.

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