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 associated with obsessive – compulsive individuals who seek perfection with regard to self – control and self – restraint, and with narcissistic individuals who nee d to see themselves as perfect (Miller, 1996). Chronic back pain and other somatic conditions have also been attributed to the stress associated with perfectionistic tendencies (Sarno, 1998).

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