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Perfectionism Tied To Workaholism In New Study

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What University of Kent researchers termed "self-oriented perfectionism," which is when a person sets incredibly high standards for his or herself, was linked with workaholism, while "socially prescribed perfectionism," which is when a person believes he or she needs to meet others' high standards to receive acceptance, was not.

"Our findings also suggest that workaholism in self-oriented perfectionists is driven by those types of motivation characterized by personal importance and ego involvement as well as being motivated by internal rewards and punishment," study researcher Dr. Joachim Stoeber, who is the head of the School of Psychology at the university, said in a statement.