We have developed a new treatment method termed association splitting, which aims to reduce the intensity and frequency of obsessive thoughts. The method is aimed at people who suffer from obsessive thoughts (e.g., excessive concern with contaminating others; uncertainty about having run over a pedestrian; fear of causing a catastrophe by failing to place things in a particular order, or not saying a certain prayer). Click on your flag below for further information (e.g. manual, theoretical background, administration).



Hottenrott, B., Jelinek, L., Kellner, M. & Moritz, S. (2011). "Assoziationsspaltung" als Zusatzintervention für Patienten mit Zwangsstörung: Eine Fallbeschreibung. Verhaltenstherapie, 21, 109-115.

Jelinek, L., Hauschildt, M., Hottenrott, B., Kellner, M. & Moritz, S. (2014). Further evidence for biased semantic networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): when knives are no longer associated with buttering bread but only with stabbing people. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 427-434.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B., & Moritz, S. (2009). When cancer is associated with illness but no longer with animal or zodiac sign: investigation of biased semantic networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 1031-1036.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B., & Moritz, S. (2009). Assoziationsspaltung - eine neue Intervention zur Behandlung von Zwangsgedanken. Notfall und Hausarztmedizin, 35, 24–28.

Moritz, S. & Jelinek, L. (2011). Association splitting as a self-help technique for reducing obsessive thoughts. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 574–581. [Download]

Moritz, S., Jelinek, L., Klinge, R. & Naber, D. (2007). Fight fire with fireflies! Association splitting: a novel cognitive technique to reduce obsessive thoughts. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 631-635. [Download]

Moritz, S. & Jelinek, L. (2007). Association splitting - self-help guide for reducing obsessive thoughts. VanHam Campus Verlag: Hamburg. (translated by Jana Volkert)

Musiat, P., Moritz, S, Jacobi, C. & Schmidt, U.(2014)  Association Splitting: feasibility study of a novel technique to reduce weight and shape concerns. Eating and Weight Disorders, 19, 153-158.

Rodríguez-Martín, B.C., Moritz, S., Molerio-Pérez, O. & Gil-Pérez, P. (2013). Effectiveness of association splitting in reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts in a nonclinical sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 4, 433-440.