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Keeping perfectionistic academics safe from themselves with mindfulness

Ménard, J., Pratte, K, Flaxman, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-6417-2499 , Lavigne, G. & Foucreault, A. (2023). Keeping perfectionistic academics safe from themselves with mindfulness. Personality and Individual Differences, 206, article number 112143. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2023.112143


While perfectionism may be perceived as necessary to perform in academia, it has also been associated with burnout. This study investigated whether work-related cognitive spillover into nonwork time explains relationships between perfectionistic concerns and exhaustion among academics. We also examine whether facets of mindfulness can safeguard against exhaustion among perfectionistic academics (moderated mediation). We used a one-year multi-wave prospective design with 262 academics. Results suggested that non-reactivity protects perfectionistic academics from emotional exhaustion. These findings highlight the potential of mindfulness-based interventions for reducing the adverse impact of perfectionism.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Academics, Perfectionistic concerns, Emotional exhaustion, Perseverative cognition, Mindfulness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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