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. 2014 Sep;45(5):678-89.
doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2014.03.008. Epub 2014 Mar 27.

Visual, Tactile, and Auditory "Not Just Right" Experiences: Associations With Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Perfectionism

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Visual, Tactile, and Auditory "Not Just Right" Experiences: Associations With Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Perfectionism

Berta J Summers et al. Behav Ther. .

Abstract

"Not just right" experiences (NJREs), or uncomfortable sensations associated with the immediate environment not feeling "right," are thought to contribute to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptomatology. The literature suggests that NJREs are experienced across sensory modalities; however, existing in vivo measures have been restricted to visual inductions (e.g., viewing and/or rearranging a cluttered table). The present study used a large undergraduate sample (N=284) to examine 4 in vivo tasks designed to elicit and assess NJREs across separate sensory modalities (i.e., visual, tactile, and auditory). Task ratings (discomfort evoked, and urge to counteract task-specific stimuli) were uniquely associated with self-report measures of NJREs, OC symptoms (ordering/arranging, checking, and washing), and certain maladaptive domains of perfectionism (doubts about actions, and organization). Findings have implications for experimental research and clinical work targeting NJREs specific to particular senses.

Keywords: in vivo tasks; incompleteness; obsessive-compulsive disorder; perfectionism; “not just right” experiences.

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