OCD logic

It exists!  It’s thorough!  It’s also ridiculous.

Here’s an example:

1. Begin with an assumption: most parents tell their children not to talk to strangers.
2. Therefore, if a young person talks to me, they are being disobedient.
3. If I am causing a child to be disobedient, then I too am sinning.
4. Extrapolation: a parent’s direction does not just wear out; therefore, even teenagers and young adults AND EVEN ADULTS are still under that command not to talk to strangers unless the parent has told them otherwise.
5. Most parents wouldn’t think to say otherwise.
6. Therefore, it is sinful for people I don’t know to talk to me and sinful for me to talk to people I don’t know.

Did you make all those connections with me?  But you think it’s silly, right?

Yeah, an obsessive-compulsive can’t dismiss things so easily.

Good luck, Polly Pure-O, at your job tomorrow, at the drive-thru, at the Target register.  Say a word and you’ll only feel guilty.

To the OCs who read my blog, walk me through your OCD logic in a comment!

14 thoughts on “OCD logic

  1. Wow. I find your specific examples of OCD (and in this case, its “logic”) so helpful in gaining insight and understanding into the disorder……thank you!

    • Oh, I’m so glad! Yes, it’s a strange, strange disorder, but it makes an odd kind of sense to us OCs. Bizarre. At the same time, we KNOW it is silly. But we don’t know it ENOUGH to make it change anything.

  2. That logic is sound, though the extrapolation is where is breaks down. I can see how things like this can really affect your life.

    Thanks for posting, Jackie. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    • CJ, so fun to see you commenting!! I’m so glad you enjoy reading my blog.

      Yeah, the extrapolation is ridiculous. OCs often run into this weird paradox where they see things one way but THE WORLD DOESN’T FUNCTION THAT WAY. It’s hard to sort through for sure!

  3. I don’t know what everyone else is talking about; your logic made PERFECT sense to me. xD What does that say about me, I wonder?

    Okay, here’s just one of my of my OCD logic processes:
    1. The thought “I will do whatever it takes to get rid of my OCD” pops into my mind.
    2. Mentally assent with that statement (as I’d feel disingenuous and terrible if I didn’t).
    3. Mind then follows up the initial statement with “Then you need to get rid of the thing that’s currently the object of your worry because you don’t want to get rid of it. Then the OCD would stop.”
    4. Cue hair-pulling frustration and frantically trying to figure out how to reconcile the new found dilemma.

    I sincerely hate my mind sometimes.

    • Yup, it SOUNDS logical, but it’s not … getting rid of the “object of your worry” will only force OCD to choose something else to target in your life. You’ve gotta target OCD itself. CBT for the win!!!

  4. Yeah, it always sounds logical. It’s normally stuff that I can’t actually argue with, either, and things I feel TERRIBLE even getting anxious about, you know? I get triggered when I’m reading the Bible a lot, and so I’m always wondering if God’s trying to get my attention or tell me something, and I’m just brushing Him off because “it feels like OCD.” 😦
    I’ll take your word for it. xD Though is there anything one can do in the meantime while they’re looking for a good therapist? You know, to start getting at it even if you don’t have professional help?

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