When perfectionism becomes willpower

Pennesi, Daniele (2016) When perfectionism becomes willpower. Bologna: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche DSE, p. 23. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/4436. In: Quaderni - Working Paper DSE (1050). ISSN 2282-6483.
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Abstract

Perfectionism can be healthy: striving for perfection requires the ability to selfregulate, namely willpower. This paper formalizes the intuitive relation between healthy perfectionism and willpower in the presence of temptation. The value of a menu of options for an individual with limited willpower corresponds to the lower bound of the value assigned to the same menu by a perfectionist, when temptation and perfectionism intensities are free to vary. Moreover, the higher the perfectionism strive, the higher the willpower. The relation between overwhelming temptation and the Strotz model is a particular case of the result. When there is uncertainty about temptation, we generalize Dekel and Lipman (2012) providing conditions such that a preference is represented by a random willpower representation, if and only if, it has an equivalent random perfectionism representation.

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Monograph (Working Paper)
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Pennesi, Daniele
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Temptation, perfectionism, limited willpower
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2282-6483
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21 Jan 2016 13:05
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07 Jun 2017 08:34
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