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Cognitive approaches to obsessive-compulsive disorder: Motivation and emotional ambivalence - A rejoinder to O'Kearney

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In his reply to Salkovskis and Freeston (2001), O'Kearney (2001) has focused on two issues, namely motivation and the role of emotion, that he believes were not addressed by the cognitive theory of obsessions. It would now seem that cognitive theory does address these issues, but not in the way that he would like. Further, there seems to be some misunderstanding about the nature and applications of cognitive models. We look forward to the emergence of more comprehensive psychological theories of obsessive-compulsive disorder, theories that make testable predictions. The way is and was always open for those who wish to progress.

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Author(s): Freeston MH, Salkovskis PM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Australian Journal of Psychology

Year: 2001

Volume: 53

Issue: 1

Pages: 10-11

ISSN (print): 0004-9530

ISSN (electronic): 1742-9536

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/00049530108255115


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