Scrupulosity

Scrupulosity is a subtype of OCD in which obsessive thoughts provoke fear/doubt of offending God, and/or being/acting immoral. The scrupulous tend to fear sinning when a question of sin is unwarranted. The content of obsessions is typically “taboo” and, when triggered, the sufferer strives for certainty and feeling “just right” that they have not sinned or acted immorally by having the thoughts. Common scrupulous obsessions are blasphemous, sexual, violent, and “inappropriate”. Rituals are performed to “prove” the thoughts were not meant, atone for any consequence they may cause, to undo a “wrong” in order to feel “right”. Scrupulosity creates a polarization between right and wrong, good and bad. Obsessions are mistaken as evidence of wrongness, despite one’s good intentions.

 

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