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Are “Not Just Right Experiences” (NJREs) Specific to Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms?: Evidence that NJREs Span across Symptoms of Emotional Disorders




“Not just right experiences” (NJREs) represent a mismatch between a perceived current versus desired state of experiences. NJREs are currently considered specific to obsessive-compulsive symptoms, but results from prior studies might have been affected by the assessment of NJREs that were particularly relevant to only obsessive-compulsive symptoms.


A large community sample of adults recruited through the Internet (N = 480, Mean age = 32.9 years, 54.7% female) completed self-report measures of symptom types and a modified self-report measure of NJREs.


Consistent with predictions, NJREs tended to share statistically equivalent zero-order correlations with all of the assessed symptom types. NJREs were significantly related to only generalized anxiety and obsessive-compulsive symptoms after accounting for important covariates, including general distress, perfection/certainty, and the overlap among the symptom types.


These results suggest that NJREs are relevant to a broader range of symptom types than previously thought.