desh ([personal profile] desh) wrote2012-12-04 12:22 pm

OCD

When I was a kid, it used to really bother me if I (or even other people) did certain things in one direction without later "reversing" it. For example, if there was a room with two entrances, such that I could leave the room by one entrance and come back in through the other, I'd then want to go back and cycle around the other way to make it even. If I did that 3 or 4 times in the same direction, I might want to "undo" it 3 or 4 times.

It annoyed me that I did this, and I tried to break myself of it. One thing I tried was to take note of a particular TV commercial that I saw a LOT at the time. In part of it, a kid spins around clockwise in a chair, maybe once or maybe a few times. Of course, he never goes back and spins counterclockwise. So I tried to watch the commercial as much as I could, and convince myself that the kid was just never going to "even things out". It bothered me at first, but in the end, I think it helped.

[identity profile] outcastspice.livejournal.com 2012-12-04 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Very interesting!!

(Anonymous) 2012-12-05 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
When I was a kid eating mac n cheese I always ate first the elbows then the seashells then the spirals then the wagon wheels. Always in that order.

Now I want some Wacky Mac. Nostalgia is a hungry business.

(Anonymous) 2012-12-06 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
As a kid, I always ate seven meatballs at once in my last bite of spaghettios.

As an adult, I tend to eat odd numbers of things. Seven almonds. Then 5 almonds. Then either 3 or 5 at a time until I feel like it has been enough.

Also, M&Ms must be evened out in color so there is the same number of each color.

-Goob

(Anonymous) 2012-12-06 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
I still have a thing when walking on sidewalks where if I step on a crack with one foot I feel the need to make sure my other foot steps on the next crack. If my pace causes me to step on every crack with the same foot, I will alter my pace to "even things out". Here in downtown Seattle, I avoid crosswalk stripes every time I can because they are exactly as far apart as my pace, so I end up stepping on the stripe with the same foot every time. It especially drives me crazy because the stripes are raised, so it feels weird on my foot.

(Anonymous) 2012-12-06 03:11 am (UTC)(link)
Weird. This is Melanie. aka Goob. Didn't realize I wasn't logged in.