The 'Perfect' Counsellor: Personality Factors and Multidimensional Perfectionism

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Personality factors and multidimensional perfectionism have not been researched among professional counsellors. This study examined the relationship between the Big Five (John, O. P., Naumann, L. P., & Soto, C. J. (2008). Paradigm shift to the integrative Big Five trait taxonomy: History, measurement, and conceptual issues. In O. P. John, R. W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research (pp. 114–158). New York, NY: Guilford Press) personality factors with Hewitt and Flett’s (1991. Perfectionism in the self and social contexts: Conceptualization, assessment, and association with psychopathology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 60, 456–470) three dimensions of perfectionism among counsellors (N = 257) using a canonical correlation. All canonical functions were statistically significant, explaining 43.8% of the total variance within the data. Correlations across variable sets indicate a significant correlation between neuroticism and socially prescribed perfection (r = .430; p < .001), neuroticism and self-oriented perfection (r = .297; p < .001), extraversion and socially prescribed perfection (r = −.231; p = .002), conscientiousness and socially prescribed perfection (r = −.180; p = .015), and agreeableness and others-oriented perfection (r = −.175; p = .018).

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British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

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