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(p. 5) The nature of obsessions 

(p. 5) The nature of obsessions
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(p. 5) The nature of obsessions
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S. Rachman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198515371.003.0002
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date: 25 October 2020

This chapter explores the nature of obsessions, including the forms that they take (thoughts, images, and impulses), and common features of the three forms. It outlines avoidance behaviour, responsibility for thoughts, hostility, thought-action fusion (TAF), a cognitive theory of obsession. The origins of obsessions are explored, along with reasons for their persistence, and the relationship between significant or catastrophic misinterpretations and the frequency of obsessions, and internal and external provocations of obsessions.

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