How to Resolve Intrusive Guilt in Moral OCD

These illogical thoughts had latched on to what mattered most to John – his morals. Subsequently, and despite the real-event theft situation, he failed to see that his intrusive thoughts were at odds with his true moral values, or at least doubted it. This is an example of what is known as trait-guilt, meaning that the corresponding emotion is rigid. In other words, John’s previous healthy beliefs about himself shifted to thinking instead that he truly was a sinner and a traitor to his religion.