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World J Psychiatr. Sep 20, 2018; 8(3): 105-107
Published online Sep 20, 2018. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v8.i3.105
Psychic euosmia and obsessive compulsive personality disorder
Massimo Pasquini, Annalisa Maraone, Valentina Roselli, Lorenzo Tarsitani
Massimo Pasquini, Annalisa Maraone, Department of Human Neurosciences, Sapienza University, Rome 00185, Italy
Valentina Roselli, Lorenzo Tarsitani, Department of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Umberto I General Hospital, Rome 00185, Italy
Author contributions: All the authors contributed to the conceptualization and the drafting of the paper and they critically reviewed the manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Massimo Pasquini, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Human Neurosciences, Sapienza University, viale dell’Università 30, Rome 00185, Italy. massimo.pasquini@uniroma1.it
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Received: March 5, 2018
Peer-review started: March 8, 2018
First decision: March 30, 2018
Revised: April 11, 2018
Accepted: May 30, 2018
Article in press: May 30, 2018
Published online: September 20, 2018
Core Tip

Core tip: Patients with obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) often refer to a prompt mood improvement upon encountering good scents in general, or fresh laundry borax on their clothes, pillows or home settings. The Authors propose the new term psychic euosmia in the mean of an overstated psychological predisposition for a real pleasant smell that elicits an immediate sense of pleasure, order and calm. Detecting psychic euosmia might vicariously confirm the relevance of disgust as a cognitive driver of OCPD. Hereby we support research to characterize psychic euosmia as a feature of orderliness and cleanliness for OCPD.