Core fears, values, and obsessivecompulsive disorder: A preliminary clinical-theoretical outlook

Jonathan D. Huppert, Elad Zlotnick

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe the concepts of core fears and of values and propose that they play important interactive roles in the manifestation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder using cognitive behavioral therapy. Core fears are defined as the ultimate feared consequence related to one's obsessions that will occur if compulsions or other avoidance behaviors are not used. Values are defined by Schwartz (1992) as general beliefs related to prioritized life goals that guide choices or evaluation of behavior and events. We propose that obsessions and core fears are influenced by one's values and that there are significant treatment implications to such a conceptualization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalPsicoterapia Cognitiva e Comportamentale
Volume18
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Core fears
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Theory
  • Treatment
  • Values

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