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Am I guilty or not? Deontological guilt, uncertainty, and checking behavior

Mauro Giacomantonio, Marco Salvati, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: Literature suggest thet checking behaviors are aimed at reducing feelings of uncertainty both in clinical samples with obsessive-compulsive disorder and in general population. Previous studies also showed that deontological guilt is an emotion often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Thus, the aim of the current study was to investigate the differences in checking behaviors in the condition of high ...

Journal Article: Appl Cognit Psychol, 1 (9), 2019.



A theorical integration of Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy in OCD tratment: goals and beliefs of the Obsessive Mind (part 1)

Olga Ines Luppino, Katia Tenore, Francesco Mancini, Barbara Basile

ABSTRACT: The present work is the first of a trilogy of articles whose purpose, as a whole, is to present a theoretical conceptualization of OCD functioning, which results from the integration between the Cognitive Therapy model, as proposed by Mancini (2018), and the Schema Therapy Mode model. In particular, this first paper aims to synthetically present the cognitive model of OCD functioning. According to the frame offered ...

Journal Article: Psychology, 9 (9), pp. 2261-2277, 2018, ISSN: 2152-7199.


I obsessively clean because deontological guilt makes me feel physiologically disgusted!

Cristina Ottaviani, Alberto Collazzoni, Francesca D'Olimpio, Tania Rovetta, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: The emotions of guilt and disgust play a pivotal role in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The present study hypothesized the existence of a distinctive relation between deontological (but not altruistic) guilt and subjective and physiological correlates of disgust. Moreover, we aimed at testing whether the evoked emotion of disgust may activate OCD-like washing behaviors. Gender-matched healthy participants were ...

Journal Article: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2018.


Obsessive patients and deontological guilt: a review

Obsessive patients and deontological guilt: a review

Francesco Mancini, Amelia Gangemi

ABSTRACT: In line with the Appraisal Theories of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), in this review we present some experiments aimed at demonstrating the role of fear of guilt in OCD. What kind of guilt do OC patients want to prevent? Several studies suggest the existence of two different types of guilt emotions, namely deontological guilt and altruistic guilt. This research suggests that the former, more than the latter, ...

Journal Article: Psychopathology Review, 4 (2), pp. 155-168, 2017, ISSN: 2051-8315.



Abnormal processing of deontological guilt in obsessive--compulsive disorder

Barbara Basile and Francesco Mancini and Emiliano Macaluso and Carlo Caltagirone and Marco Bozzali

ABSTRACT: Guilt plays a significant role in the occurrence and maintenance of obsessive--compulsive disorder (OCD). Two major types of guilt have been identified: one deriving from the transgression of a moral rule (deontological guilt DG), another (altruistic guilt AG), relying on the assumption of having compromised a personal altruistic goal. Clinical evidence suggests that OCD patients are particularly sensitive to DG, ...

Journal Article: Brain Structure and Function, 219 (4), pp. 1321–1331, 2013, ISSN: 1863-2661.



Eliciting Guilty Feeling: A preliminary Study Differentiating Deontological and Altruistic Guilt

Barbara Basile, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: Guilt has been identified as both an intrapsychic and an interpersonal emotion. The current study presents evidence of the existence of two senses of guilt, deontological and altruistic guilt, induced through different experimental paradigms. Deontological guilt evolves from having slighted moral authority or norms, while altruistic guilt arises from selfish behavior and the distress of others. We hypothesize that ...

Journal Article: Psychology, 2 (2), pp. 98-102, 2011.




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