Perfectionism: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

There is nothing wrong with being a perfectionist—so long as everything is perfect. However, perfectionists often struggle greatly with their own and others’ imperfections. Over the past two decades, Dr. Simon Sherry’s research program has examined the link between perfectionism and mental illness, with emphasis on understanding the contribution of perfectionism to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship problems and suicide. This talk will clarify if, when and why perfectionism is related to several forms of mental illness. You will also learn how perfectionism is assessed and treated. Without psycho-education, it is difficult to understand why perfectionists often behave in such an imperfect manner (e.g., binge eating or procrastinating). Anyone who is concerned with perfectionists and their problems will find this talk helpful.


Dr. Sherry directs Dalhousie University’s Personality Research Team. Dr. Sherry and his team are responsible for making critical advancements in our understanding of the link between perfectionism and mental illness. In his clinical practice, Dr. Simon Sherry treats and assesses various problems in both individuals and couples. He specializes in treating and assessing perfectionism, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol problems and personality disorders. Watch the video clip to learn more.