Different physical, mental, and motivational outcomes for perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns indicate that individuals have different experiences of perfectionism. Although research has focused on parenting practices as a factor related to these differences, little research has examined the impact of temperamental differences on perfectionism. In the current study, 434 high ability undergraduate students completed perfectionism, adult temperament, and personality measures. Latent class analysis that examined the patterns among the relationships between self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, and four dimensions of adult temperament (negative affect, effortful control, extraversion, orienting sensitivity) revealed three distinct subgroups. Although the largest subgroup demonstrated patterns consistent with prior research on perfectionism (e.g., perfectionism associated with negative affect), two other subgroups revealed separate patterns that were inconsistent with prior research (e.g., one subgroup had negative relationships between negative affect and both types of perfectionism). Our results demonstrate that temperament may play an important role in explaining the heterogeneity among perfectionists.
Fletcher, K. L., Speirs Neumeister, K. L., Finch, W. H., & Cross, T. (2023). Profiles of Temperament and Perfectionism in High Ability College Students. SENG Journal: Exploring the Psychology of Giftedness, 2(1), 11-24. https://doi.org/10.25774/zrps-tb87