Dr. Pat Schuler
5th Annual ECU Gifted Conference
October 5, 2011
Perfectionism is often considered a characteristic of giftedness, and research indicates there are adaptive and maladaptive forms of perfectionism. When it is healthy, perfectionism can help motivate gifted kids to excel. When it is unhealthy, perfectionism can be costly in terms of some gifted kids' self-image, self-esteem, and achievement. This session will examine how the various aspects of perfectionism are manifested in the classroom, and what strategies educators can use to promote healthy perfectionistic tendencies- for themselves and their students.