The Menace Within: Obsessions and the Self

  title={The Menace Within: Obsessions and the Self},
  author={Frederick Aardema and Kieron O'Connor},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy},
  pages={182 - 197}
The current article attempts to provide a theoretical account of obsessions about blasphemy, sexuality, and aggression from an inference-based perspective. It is argued that self-evaluative and self-representational dimensions in obsessions need to be taken into account to allow for the misrepresentation of mental states. A persuasive narrative containing rhetorical devices informs the misrepresentation of mental states and gives credibility to the obsession. These narrative devices seem to… 

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