Pastoral care for shame-based perfectionism

Pembroke, Neil (2012) Pastoral care for shame-based perfectionism. Pastoral Psychology, 61 2: 245-258. doi:10.1007/s11089-011-0414-z

Author Pembroke, Neil
Title Pastoral care for shame-based perfectionism
Journal name Pastoral Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-2789
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11089-011-0414-z
Volume 61
Issue 2
Start page 245
End page 258
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract While perfectionism has been associated with guilt dynamics, the form of perfectionism that is most frequently discussed by psychologists is connected to self-condemnation for perceived failures to reach the high standard set for personal achievement. There is therefore a strong link between perfectionism and inferiority shame. Psychotherapists have given quite a bit of attention to shame-based perfectionism; it has been largely neglected by pastoral psychologists. Three approaches to the pastoral care of shame-based perfectionism are developed. The first approach is based in cognitive therapy. It is argued that perfectionism is grounded in a faulty core belief about the self—namely, “I am what I achieve.” The second method makes use of strategies developed by John Bradshaw for accepting and affirming all one’s sub-selves. Bradshaw’s approach is critiqued, however, for the way in which shame-based and guilt-based perfectionism are confused. The third method is a modification and adaptation of Heinz Kohut’s strategy of “mirroring” (empathy, admiration, and approval) that he developed for use in work with clients with narcissistic personality disorder.
Keyword Shame
Pastoral counseling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 12 Mar 2012, 09:51:23 EST by Rev Dr Neil Pembroke on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry