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Sulla necessità degli scopi come determinanti prossimi della sofferenza psicopatologica

Sulla necessità degli scopi come determinanti prossimi della sofferenza psicopatologica

Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: In this article one of the most signifi cant limits of Clinical Cognitivism is highlighted: the scarce relevance attributed to “goals” in explaining psychopathology. In the standard Clinical Cognitivism the role of beliefs and cognitive processes is highly stressed, while the role of goals in orienting the cognitive processes, and thus, in the development and maintenance of beliefs, is neglected. It is, in ...

Journal Article: 13 (1), pp. 7-20, 2016.



Do we need a cognitive theory for obsessive-compulsive disorder? Yes, we do

Francesco Mancini, Barbara Barcaccia

ABSTRACT: Nowadays a general trend in psychiatry and clinical psychology, claming to explain mental illness and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in particular as a neurological disease, seems to be in ascendant. The purpose of this position paper is to rebut this perspective on OCD and demonstrate that an Appraisal Theory (AT) of the disorder, is necessary and sufficient in order to account for proximal determinants in the ...

Journal Article: Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 11 (6), pp. 197-203, 2014.



Models and cognitive change in psychopathology

Amelia Gangemi, Francesco Mancini, P. N. Johnson-Laird

ABSTRACT: The hyper-emotion theory attributes psychological illnesses to emotions of aberrant intensity, which in turn prompt better reasoning about their causes. Two experiments in which participants drew their own conclusions from syllogistic premises tested this prediction. Individuals from the same populations as the experimental participants rated the believability of likely conclusions. One experiment compared patients ...

Journal Article: Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25 (2), pp. 157-164, 2013.



Fear of guilt from behaving irresponsibly in obsessive–compulsive disorder

Francesco Mancini, Amelia Gangemi

ABSTRACT: Previous cognitive models of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) propose that inflated responsibility plays a key role in the maintenance of symptoms (Behav.Res.Ther. 28 (1985) 571). In this manuscript, we propose that this thesis may be improved by emphasizing that instead, OCD may be characterized by a fear of guilt that would result from behaving irresponsibly and/or from not behaving responsibly. We believe ...

Journal Article: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 35 (2), pp. 109 - 120, 2004, ISSN: 0005-7916, (Experimental approaches to understanding OCD).