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Clean HandsPhilosophical Lessons from Scrupulosity$
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Jesse S. Summers and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190058692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190058692.001.0001

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Scrupulosity as a Form of OCD

Scrupulosity as a Form of OCD

(p.40) 3 Scrupulosity as a Form of OCD
Clean Hands

Jesse S. Summers

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Oxford University Press

Scrupulosity is closely connected to OCD, despite some appearances and informal characterizations of Scrupulosity as a concern with sin. Those with Scrupulosity have obsessions and/or compulsions. The Penn Inventory of Scrupulosity-Revised (PIOS-R) captures the religious features of Scrupulosity. A secular presentation is less common or has been diagnosed less often, but a non-religious presentation is still possible. The distinctive features of Scrupulosity are perfectionism, chronic doubt and intolerance of uncertainty, and moral thought-action fusion. None of these features are exclusive to Scrupulosity, but they mutually reinforce each other and together characterize the condition.

Keywords:   Penn Inventory of Scrupulosity-Revised (PIOS-R), secular scrupulosity, perfectionism, chronic doubt, intolerance of uncertainty, moral thought-action fusion

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