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.
|Title of host publication||The Self in Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|