Dr. Benzion Sorotzkin, Psy. D.

Perfectionism

A Tale of Two Mothers: Reading the Signals Wrong

I recently received a wonderful book as a gift. “A Canopy of Stars” by C.B. Weinfeld (2019) is a collection of inspirational stories masterfully written and indeed very inspirational. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the other books in the series. There was,...

The Pursuit of Perfection: Vice or Virtue in Judaism?

Chazal exhort us to strive for ever higher goals. It says in ( כג : א ) תנא דבי אליהו רבה לפיכך יהיו אומרים כל אחד ואחד , מתי יגיעו מעשיי למעשה אברהם יצחק ויעקב - ( When will my deeds equal those of my forefathers)? Likewise, the concept of shleimus ( " שלימות " ),...

Quest for Perfection: Avoiding Guilt or Avoiding Shame?

Cognitive researchers have found perfectionism to be a major feature in obsessive-compulsive disorders and depression (Beck, 1976; Burns, 1980; Burns & Beck, 1978; Ellis, 1962; Meichenbaum, 1974; McFall & Wollersheim, 1979). Several cognitive styles are characteristic...

Understanding And Treating Perfectionism In Frum Adolescents

This article will examine issues unique to the treatment of frum adolescents, with a focus on a problem prevalent in this population, namely perfectionism, which often leads to anxiety, depression and other emotional disorders (Blatt, 1995). Perfectionism is also...