False Values: Root of OCPD

A personality at its core is a build up of false value judgments. OCPD for the most part have a series of false value judgments which are the root of the disorder. These consist of false good, false bad, and how this manifests in the disorder itself.

There are 8 main root false values.


False Good: achievement is important – achieving has great value, great potential.

False Bad: lack of achievement – failing to achieve means you are a bad person.

Manifestation: this manifests in an excessive devotion to work and productivity – often workaholic type behaviours


False Good: respect, approval, being beyond reproach, a reward for rectitude

False Bad: lack of respect, lack of approval, reproach, lack of a just reward for rectitude

Manifestation: over-conscientiousness, scrupulosity, inflexibility


False Good: interpersonal control, things being done ‘right’, correctness

False Bad: lack of interpersonal control, things not being done ‘right’, incorrectness

Manifestation: can’t delegate responsibility


False Good: perfect performance

False Bad: mistakes, errors, flaws

Manifestation: Perfectionism


False Good: to be right, to be certain

False Bad: being wrong, being uncertain

Manifestation: rigidity, stubbornness


False Good: order and organisation (rules)

False Bad: lack of order and organisation

Manifestation: Preoccupied with lists, rules, details, order and organisation


False Good: to save money

False bad: spending money, poverty

Manifestation: parsimony, miserly spending money

Behavioural Perspective

  • Preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organisation or schedules
  • Perfectionism that interferes with task completion
  • Excessive devotion to work and productivity
  • Over-conscientiousness, scrupulosity, and inflexibility about matters of morality, ethics, or values
  • Hoarding
  • Excessive interpersonal control
  • Miserliness toward both self and others
  • Rigidity and stubbornness

Cognitive Beliefs

  • I am fully responsible for myself and others
  • I have to depend on myself to see that things get done
  • Others tend to be too casual, often irresponsible, self-indulgent or incompetent
  • It is important to do a perfect job on everything
  • I need order, systems, and rules in order to get the job done properly
  • If I don’t have systems, everything will fall apart
  • Any flaw or defect of performance may lead to a catastrophe
  • It is necessary to stick to the highest standards at all times, or things will fall apart
  • I need to be in complete control of my emotions
  • People should do things my way
  • If I don’t perform at my highest level, I will fail
  • Flaws, defects, or mistakes are intolerable
  • Details are extremely important
  • My way of doing things is generally the best way

A Recovering Survivor 


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