Assuming that there are 7.5 billion people on this planet, every individual is born with certain capabilities to carry out certain tasks. We know that no human can be perfect and the idea of ‘perfectionism‘ itself is highly overrated. How do we really know which person is more likely to succeed at a given job? We might be able to perform some tasks exponentially better than others while some that barely gets us interested to even start with. The people who are better at these tasks certainly train themselves in a way an average human being wouldn’t understand. How do they train themselves? They “obsess” about it.
Certain obsessions cause anxiety and then there are compulsions which then subside the anxiety. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder in which people are pulled towards certain obsessions much more than their other obsessions and then perform activities (also rituals) repeatedly in order to get relieved. According to statistics, 3% of the population is said to have OCD in both men and women. But those are just statistics, right? Personalities such as David Beckham, Steve Jobs and Howard Hughes have been diagnosed with OCD. Generally speaking, a mental disorder can be either mild or it can be extreme to levels of interfering with day to day activities.
In the 21st century, where obsessions are prevalent, it’s easy to say that people are at a high risk of developing a mild OCD. But is it justified to say that “every” person is, in a way, linked to such a mental disorder? Let’s solve this out. There might be some who would have lived their entire life without knowing about it and some who would debate that it’s just because they like doing something and that’s why they behave a certain way. To cut short, words are a very ineffective way to interpret thoughts and feelings. If you ask someone to imagine a dog, often people will imagine it in a completely different way and of a different breed than you might have imagined it to be. If you ask someone why they drink a cup of coffee every morning, their reason might be different from the one you would have thought. These differences in a society leads to a set of unexplained results. Strangely, people will find their way out admitting that they are not a victim of any psychological disorder and convince no other but themselves. Humans are confusing enough to distract themselves from what they don’t like but not deliberate enough to question themselves as to why they like doing what they do.
If we conclude on a belief that we like to do a specific job in an obsessive way and can’t logic as to why we obsess it, then you’ve discovered that OCD in you. For some people, this keeps them going. Jobs liked walking barefoot, he liked being vegan, he liked to never take a bath. Obsessions never have reasons to exist. They exist because they just do. These likings (or obsessions) became so important to him that he inculcated them as rituals he would practice everyday therefore assuring himself that he was mastering the art of perfectionism. Sadly, being a vegan costed him his life as he was diagnosed with a certain pancreatic cancer that was almost impossible to cure. The point here is that he was so obsessed with his work that he was stern about his likings following a compulsive behavior which led him to inspiring millions of people around the world. If that obsessive behavior did not exist, we would have a world without Apple.
We’re more likely tricked to believe our weird obsessions as our instincts which is untrue. Instincts are more natural where as obsessions are self created. If we were to change our perception a little bit by breaking the stereotype and study just a little bit of our mind, we would be able to answer the unexplainable. Not all tasks are as intriguing for one person and all tasks cannot be performed by the same person. So how likely are we to have such a mental disorder? Psychologically, to be diagnosed with OCD, a person must have obsessions, compulsions, or both, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Is it good to obsess? Well, yes and no. Yes – because obsessions leads to ideas that offer different approach to solving a problem. No – because such a disorder comes with the risks of higher suicidal rates among such people.The idea here is to convey that OCD is common disorder among the people of this era and it’s about time that people find out it. It could be helpful or it could be lethal. If we are able to elucidate why we do things the way we do, it would make our life way more easier to live. If you’re one of those people who obsess about something, ask yourself why. If you aren’t able to fetch any answer to that ‘why’, then here’s a quote for you…
“With a great disorder comes a greater responsibility.”