COUNTERCOMPULSION

noun. An irresistible impulse which is subsequently formed to be reluctant toward an initial irresistible impulse when the latter can no longer go on. The new impulse then supplements for the initial impulse to allow compulsive actions to go on. Reference: OCD.

COUNTERCOMPULSION: "Replacing smoking with nicotine substitutes often aids in developing a countercompulsion that is just as difficult to break free of."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "COUNTERCOMPULSION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/countercompulsion/ (accessed August 3, 2020).
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