Self-processes in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Claire Ahern, Michael Kyrios

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This chapter examines how “the self” is implicated in obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). The chapter begins by presenting the phenomenology of OCD and theoretical accounts that credit the involvement of self-processes in OCD, with emphasis given to Guidano and Liotti’s (1983) theory of self-ambivalence. Then, empirical support for a relationship between obsessive–compulsive (OC) phenomena and various self constructs is reviewed. Ambivalence about moral self-worth, and burgeoning research into implicit self processes, are proposed to have particular relevance in our understanding of the development, maintenance and treatment of OCD.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Self in Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders
EditorsMichael Kyrios, Richard Moulding, Guy Doron, Sunil S. Bhar, Maja Nedeljkovic, Mario Milulincer
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781139941297
ISBN (Print)9781107079144
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • OCD
  • Obsessions
  • Compulsions


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