An emerging picture of perfectionism. The contributors focus on the maladaptive aspects of perfectionism and explore such questions as: how is perfectionism assessed and conceptualized?; how does perfectionism develop?; what is the role of emotion, stress, or depression in perfectionism?; why are perfectionists anxious?; and when is perfectionism irrational? The scholars reveal perfectionism as a personality style with multiple developmental influences that contribute to significant interpersonal problems. Their chapters combine research with insights that are relevant to the treatment and origins of perfectionism.