• Anita Lauri Korajlija Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Margareta Jelic Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dora Kirigin Private psychological practice “Afekt” Split, Croatia




positive and negative perfectionism, perfectionistic self-presentation, explicit and implicit self-esteem


Research focusing on relationship between perfectionism and self-esteem is rather new and offers various and sometimes contradictory findings. Furthermore, a relationship between perfectionism and implicit self-esteem is still an under- investigated topic. The aim of this study was to explore differences in levels of implicit and explicit self-esteem and self-presentation between positive and negative perfectionists. One hundred and forty undergraduate psychology participants in two time points filled in the Self-Liking and Self- Competence Scale, the Perfectionistic Self-Presentation Scale, the Perfectionism Questionnaire, and the Implicit Associations Test. Results showed a significant difference in self-liking, nondisplay of imperfection, and nondisclosure of imperfection between positive and negative perfectionists. Positive perfectionists scored significantly higher on self-liking, and lower on nondisplay and nondisclosure of imperfection than negative perfectionists did. Positive perfectionists also had significantly higher levels of implicit self-esteem. There was no significant difference in self-competence and perfectionistic self-promotion between positive and negative perfectionists.


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How to Cite

Lauri Korajlija, A., Jelic, M., & Kirigin, D. (2017). DIFFERENCES IN SELF-PRESENTATION AND SELF-ESTEEM BETWEEN POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE PERFECTIONISTS. Primenjena Psihologija, 10(2), 281–290. https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2017.2.281-290