ⓘ Inferential confusion is a form of processing information in which an individual accepts a remote possibility based only on subjective evidence. It can also be ..

                                     

ⓘ Inferential confusion

Inferential confusion is a "form of processing information in which an individual accepts a remote possibility based only on subjective evidence". It can also be defined as a meta-cognitive confusion, leading a person to confuse "an imagined possibility with an actual probability".

It shares similarities with thought–action fusion and is associated with OCD symptoms.

                                     

1. Inferential confusion and psychopathology

Inferential confusion, i.e." mistaking an imagined possibility for a real probability”, becomes pathological when the individual" crosses over from the real into the imaginary treating the imagined possibility as if it were real”.

Several studies on inferential confusion and OCD have shown that inferential confusion is involved in OCD.