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.

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