The Myths of Perfectionism

  • Rick Hughes
  • Andrew Kinder
  • Cary L. Cooper


It has often been an ‘in-joke’ that an interviewer asks a candidate ‘and can you tell me if you have any weaknesses’ and the interviewee states ‘well, only that I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but I’m working on it’. The point being that the interviewee mistakenly thinks that being a perfectionist is a positive trait. Actually, it has a cost to everyone the perfectionist comes into contact with. It’s not a help; it’s a hindrance, a dysfunction and an inhibitor.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rick Hughes
    • 1
  • Andrew Kinder
    • 2
  • Cary L. Cooper
    • 3
  1. 1.AberdeenUK
  2. 2.LondonUK
  3. 3.Manchester Business SchoolUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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