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A Strategic Description of Rituals

A Strategic Description of Rituals

Rational and preventive rituals: These rituals are specific actions that arise from the patient’s belief that doing so can prevent a certain feared situation from happening.  

Reparative rituals: The performance of these ritualised actions or thoughts hold the illusion of protection for the person from something that could have happened already. 

Propitiatory rituals: The performance of these rituals or thoughts (seemingly magical) appear to make something positive happen, or have the illusion of helping the patient avoid something negative. 


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Family and Friends

Family and Friends

Family members are very often involved in these dysfunctional rituals or control. Patients who suffer from OCD can become more anxious and aggressive over time towards friends and family if they refuse to cooperate and this must be managed effectively so as to avoid worsening the situation. It is...


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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)

One of the most easily recognised features of OCD is the seemingly illogical actions people initiate while suffering from the condition. However, even though these rituals may seem illogical to the casual observer, our work has demonst...


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Failed Attempts at a Solution

Failed Attempts at a Solution

  • Avoidance of any anxiety provoking places, people or objects. This is essentially an attempted solution which feeds the problem.
  • A continual search for reassurance or help from family members, friends or partners, who can eventually become entangled in the pathological mechanisms.


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Rituals Based On Fear Or Pleasure

Rituals Based On Fear Or Pleasure

We can distinguish obsessive compulsions based on fear (such as hand washing enacted to prevent contamination) from those based on pleasure (such as compulsive...


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