Many of us live lives in pursuit of perfection—as mothers, spouses, or working women—but often fail to recognize the costs of these strivings. This webinar will explore research on the construct of perfectionism, including its costs, correlates, and controversies.
Our presenters, Jessica Bacal and Patricia Marten DiBartolo, will examine research revealing the health implications for living a perfectionistic life as well as how to channel achievement strivings in a truly productive manner. Drawing on stories from Bacal’s book, Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong, and DiBartolo’s research they will discuss strategies for navigating and making use of life and work experiences that don’t go as planned.
Jessica Bacal, MSEd, MFA
Ms. Bacal directs the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College. The Wurtele Center’s programs teach leadership skills, life skills, stress reduction and reflection, asking students to think about questions like: What is your story? Where have you been and where are you going? What matters to you? What skills will help you to pursue what matters? What do you do if you don’t know the answers? Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong (Plume) emerged from her experiences with students, and from her own steep learning curve as she transitioned into higher education. Bacal received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, an MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education and an MFA in writing from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York.
Patricia Marten DiBartolo, PhD
Dr. DiBartolo received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and is a Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Sciences at Smith College. Her research investigates the phenomenology of perfectionism and its clinical correlates, in both adult and youth samples. She has published over 35 articles and chapters, co-edited the volume, Social anxiety: Clinical, developmental, and social perspectives, now in its third edition (Elsevier, 2014), and co-authored a therapist guide (and accompanying client workbook) titled, Cognitive-behavioral therapy for social phobia in adolescents: Stand up, speak out (Oxford University Press, 2007). She received Smith’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2008.