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Research suggests perfectionism and work motivation contribute to workaholism

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August 29, 2013
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University of Kent
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Psychologists suggest that being a perfectionist and highly motivated at work contributes directly to being a workaholic.

Research from psychologists at the University of Kent suggests that being a perfectionist and highly motivated at work contributes directly to being a workaholic. This work is published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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Led by Dr Joachim Stoeber, Head of the University's School of Psychology, the research team set out to explore the previously under-researched reasons why some people feel the need to work both excessively and compulsively.

Dr Stoeber and his team researched the links between workaholism and two forms of perfectionism: self-oriented perfectionism, whereby someone sets exceedingly high standards for themselves, and socially-prescribed perfectionism, whereby someone feels that others have high standards and that acceptance by others is conditional on fulfilling these standards.

Among their findings, they discovered that self-oriented perfectionists showed significantly higher levels of workaholism. This was partly due to this group being motivated by a number of internal and external drivers -- such as self-control and rewards -- that push them towards workaholism. In contrast, socially-prescribed perfectionists were not likely to become workaholics.

Dr Stoeber said: 'Our findings suggest that self-oriented perfectionism and work motivation contribute to workaholism, whereas socially prescribed perfectionism does 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.'


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Journal Reference:

  1. Joachim Stoeber, Charlotte R. Davis, Jessica Townley. Perfectionism and workaholism in employees: The role of work motivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 2013; 55 (7): 733 DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.06.001

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