Are obsessive-compulsive tendencies related to reliance on external proxies for internal states? Evidence from biofeedback-aided relaxation studies.

@article{Lazarov2010AreOT,
  title={Are obsessive-compulsive tendencies related to reliance on external proxies for internal states? Evidence from biofeedback-aided relaxation studies.},
  author={Amit Lazarov and Reuven Dar and Yuval Oded and Nira Liberman},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={2010},
  volume={48 6},
  pages={516-23}
}
This article presents two studies that examine the hypothesis that obsessive-compulsive (OC) tendencies are associated with a general deficiency in subjective conviction, which leads to seeking and reliance on external proxies to compensate for that deficiency. We examined this hypothesis using a biofeedback-aided relaxation procedure. In Study 1 low OC participants performed better on a relaxation task than high OC participants. More importantly, viewing the biofeedback monitor (an external… CONTINUE READING

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