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Deontological guilt and obsessive compulsive disorder

Francesco Mancini, Amelia Gangemi

ABSTRACT: Background and objectives The emotion of guilt plays a pivotal role in the genesis and maintenance of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). But what kind of guilt do OC patients want to prevent? Several studies suggest the existence of two different types of guilt emotions, namely deontological and altruistic guilt. This research suggests that the former, more than the latter, is involved in OCD. Studies in which ...

Journal Article: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 49, Part B , pp. 157 - 163, 2015, ISSN: 0005-7916, (Special Issue: Innovations in Understanding and Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).