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Abnormal and Normal Mental Contamination


Abnormal and Normal Mental Contamination

Radomsky, Adam S., Coughtrey, Anna E., Shafran, Roz and Rachman, S. (2017) Abnormal and Normal Mental Contamination. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders . ISSN 22113649 (In Press)

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Mental contamination is defined and the main features of the phenomenon are set out. In addition to the familiar form of abnormal mental contamination, as evident in psychological disorders, notably Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, the phenomenon of non-clinical mental contamination is common. The clinical form is distressing, uncontrollable, constant and dysfunctional. The normal phenomenon can be disturbing but it is usually dormant, evoked intermittently, transient, tolerable, manageable, not dysfunctional and psychologically fascinating. The cognitive theory of mental contamination encompasses the causes of mental contamination, its persistence, and individual vulnerability. The field would benefit greatly from additional work, such as that reported elsewhere in this Special Issue, to incorporate the unusual manifestations of visual contamination, morphing and self-contamination, and to account for the experience of mental contamination in nonclinical and other clinical manifestations.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Radomsky, Adam S. and Coughtrey, Anna E. and Shafran, Roz and Rachman, S.
Journal or Publication:Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Date:26 August 2017
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.jocrd.2017.08.011
Keywords:Mental contamination; OCD; symptoms; analogue research; contamination fear; compulsive washing
ID Code:982972
Deposited By: Danielle Dennie
Deposited On:05 Sep 2017 13:43
Last Modified:01 Aug 2018 00:00


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