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Joachim Stoeber

Professor Joachim Stoeber

Professor of Psychology


Research interests

With a background in research on personality and individual differences, my current research interests focus on perfectionism. In particular, I am interested in the differentiation of positive and negative aspects of perfectionism and how they relate to motivation and emotion, psychosocial wellbeing and performance at school, at work and in sport and exercise. As striving for perfection can be quite stressful, I am interested in how some perfectionists cope with the fact that life is seldom perfect (and neither are they) so that they can enjoy their strivings and maintain a high satisfaction with life despite these imperfections—while other perfectionists despair. Further interests include how perfectionism relates to goal setting, stress in the workplace, and health behaviours and how different parental rearing styles may influence the development of healthy and unhealthy forms of perfectionism.

I would welcome contact from potential doctoral students interested in these or related topics.

Key publications

  • Stoeber, J. (Ed.) (2018). The psychology of perfectionism: Theory, research, applications. London: Routledge.
  • Smith, M. M., Sherry, S. B., Vidovic, V., Saklofske, D. H., Stoeber, J., & Benoit, A. (in press). Perfectionism and the five-factor model of personality: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Social Psychology Review.
  • Damian, L. E., Stoeber, J., Negru-Subtirica, O., & Băban, A. (2017). On the development of perfectionism: The longitudinal role of academic achievement and academic efficacy. Journal of Personality, 85, 565-577.
  • Stoeber, J., & Gaudreau, P. (2017). The advantages of partialling perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns: Critical issues and recommendations. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 379-386.
  • Madigan, D. J., Stoeber, J., & Passfield, L. (2016). Motivation mediates the perfectionism–burnout relationship: A three-wave longitudinal study with junior athletes. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 341-354.


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