Definition of OCD

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Author: Kevin Baker @ 10/12/08 - 03:41 pm

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A series of definitions leading to the obvious questions. Do I have this behavior? Truth is we all have it in one regard or another. Like all behaviors there is healthy and not healthy. You decide on the instances as to whether or not they are healthy. An average person has dozens of instances.

All definitions are quoted from Meriam Webster Dictionary

Main Entry: OCD
Function: abbreviation obsessive-compulsive disorder

Main Entry: obsessive
Function: adjective
Date: 1901
1 a: tending to cause obsession b: excessive often to an unreasonable degree
2: of, relating to, or characterized by obsession : deriving from obsession
— obsessive noun
— ob·ses·sive·ly adverb
— ob·ses·sive·ness noun

Main Entry: obsessive–compulsive
Function: adjective
Date: 1927
1: relating to, characterized by, or affected with recurring obsessions and compulsions especially as symptoms of a neurotic state obsessive–compulsive disorder
— obsessive–compulsive noun

Main Entry: com·pul·sive
Pronunciation: com-ˈpəl-siv
Function: adjective
Date: 1588
1 : having power to compel
2 : of, relating to, caused by, or suggestive of psychological compulsion or obsession , compulsive actions , a compulsive gambler
— com·pul·sive·ly adverb
— com·pul·sive·ness noun
— com·pul·siv·i·ty Listen to the pronunciation of compulsivity kəm-ˌpəl-ˈsi-və-tē, ˌkäm- noun

Main Entry: 1: dis·or·der
Pronunciation: (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-dər, (ˌ)diz-
Function: transitive verb
Date: 15th century
1 : to disturb the order of
2 : to disturb the regular or normal functions of

Main Entry: 2: disorder
Function: noun
Date: 1523
1 : lack of order Example: clothes in disorder
2 : breach of the peace or public order Example: troubled times marked by social disorders
3 : an abnormal physical or mental condition Examples: a liver disorder , a personality disorder

Main Entry: dys·func·tion
Variant(s): also dis·func·tion (ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən
Function: noun
Date: circa 1916
1 : impaired or abnormal functioning Example: gastrointestinal dysfunction
2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group Example: family dysfunction
— dys·func·tion·al adjective

Summary: OCD - Obsessive Compulsive D ? = Disorder or Dysfunction. It's both.
People on a individual basis or within a group display the same instances.
A lot of people are candles in the wind when it comes to group behavior.
Few think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts.
The main result of unhealthy OCD is cognitive dissonance and a flip flopping of the personality.
Un-grounding us in a way that makes us unpredictable and untrustworthy, especially to ourselves.
This part of our personality makeup is the hardest to harness and decipher. It also comes with the greatest rewards should you discipline yourself to recognize, arrest, and correct inappropriate or unhealthy instances.
Certain individuals in my life are very much this behavior to me. They cant just walk by. At first it confused me as to why. Now I only need wait and then the reasons come to the surface, as no person is able to hide their true motivations. The behaviors they display uncovers them in the most raw and at times the most uncomfortable way.
Dare to be different . Will result in a lot of OCD towards you. Some of us count on it.

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