I’m a firm believer in the theories (if there are any) that certain physical or mental weaknesses aren’t just something that can be inhibiting but also something that allows the person to do things that those who do not have them can’t do. It is a special gift.
What is OCPD?
According to the opening paragraph of Wikipedia:
Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to details, mental and interpersonal control, and a need for power over one’s environment, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.
What’s the difference between OCPD and OCD?
While OCD and OCPD share some symptoms, the two disorders are unrelated. People with obsessive compulsive disorder are often aware that their obsessions are abnormal, but are compelled to perform them anyway. People with obsessive compulsive personality disorder, however, believe their need for strict order and rules is perfectly normal. (Psychforums.com)
I, myself, have over the years noted that I seem to exhibit some OCPD tendencies whilst incorrecting calling them OCD tendencies. My tendencies are such things as fixation on small details, micromanaging others if I feel they are doing things inefficiently and chaotically (sorry to my other half :S), strong opinion on morals and ethics in a ‘by the book’ type of way and forever trying to save ‘just in case’ for the rainy day in the future.
It’s not all bad really! Mhmm way to go for me to prove the point that I think it’s logical and normal to do the things I do. In my personal opinion it is a very logical and efficient way to do things and doing otherwise is allowed if it helps better it.
Here are my reasons why OCPD is awesome:
- You will try to find the easiest or best method to do things and stick to it until it doesn’t work anymore
- Your text messages and emails will be correctly punctuated and spelt to the best of your abilities
- You will find it a bit easier to make decisions than others in some cases because you already have a set of morals and ethics you benchmark everything by
- It is easier to make yourself do things you otherwise wouldn’t want to do if you can reason with your mind that it is beneficial – such as taking medicine
- You will try to have everything you may need when going out in your handbag and also always try to have petrol in your car to escape the possibility of being stranded
Around the house
- For the places that matter to you, especially your own room, it is clean and orderly in your particular way
- You’ll be able to find things easier because you have a special nook you always tend to put it
- Your sheets will be perfectly flat for that smooth slip into bed
- You will have separate cleaning items for most areas of the house so you don’t spread the germs around unnecessarily
- You will gain a lot of satisfaction after cleaning around the house and of course, getting your car sparkly clean
Around your studies and work
- You cannot study properly with a messy desk so you’ll automatically clean it up right before you hit the books to create an optimum study environment
- Your study notes will be practically complete and chronologically ordered so that studying later on will become a breeze
- You’ll try very hard not to skip classes and days at your school because ‘it’s not the right thing to do’
- You will be better organised by creating to-do lists, timelines and scheduling things into your diary so you do not forget to do them
- You are able to spot and focus on bettering smaller details that others may pass over
- If you become infatuated with a task you will see it to the end without taking as many breaks
- OCPD tendencies are the best helping hand in marketing and design where everything needs to be exact (this is in reference to myself by the way 🙂 )
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