I believe that it is in the human nature to be Obsessive Compulsive. In fact, I’d go a far to say that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is simply an extension of natural human nature, that is only a “disorder” because it’s starting to become a problem for people and they’ve noticed. But we are all OCD, just to a greater or lesser extent.
Don’t believe me? There is a 5 part radio series running this week on peoples daily rituals, called National Obsession that exposes classic symptoms of OCD. I would say that all the ordinary, everyday people on this program have mild doses of OCD. Understanding OCD is hard, but if you think you have it yourself or are interested in the Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, listening to this program will be a real eye opener.
The best quote from these programs is actually a quote by A. A. Milne who is the creator of Winnie the Pooh, which seems to nicely sum up most of the issues the participants have:
“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”