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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some Triathletes are Strange

Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder which is characterized by a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.[1] People with OCPD may feel anxious when they perceive that things are not right. This can lead to routines and rules for ways of doing things.

Thank you wikipedia

I currently know two people who in my opinion have a form of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. One of them, I live with. The other one I train with. I love them both. Now, I don't want to make light of this disorder, so instead I'll be calling it SOCPD. Semi obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. 

When you first spend time with someone with SOCPD, it seems pretty swell. You'll come home, and magically the house will be tidy! OOooh the house elves came! (side-note, don't actually say that to someone with SOCPD). Or you'll leave for the weekend, and upon return all the shelves will be reorganized, with little sticky notes indicating what goes where. SOCPDs love shelving and hooks, and so often nifty ways to store things will appear when you least expect them.

After a period of time though, you'll come to realize that living with someone with SOCPD isn't all it is cracked up to be. Just because these people are awesome cleaners doesn't mean they enjoy cleaning. What they enjoy is having an absurdly organized and spotless house. When the fridge is left with larger things in the front so that it is more difficult to reach items in the back, SOCPD's brains hurt. Laziness. When folding clothes, one must fold them perfectly. There is actually an art to folding, if you weren't aware. Also, underwear is not exempt from folding. SOCPD's can spot fingerprints on the fridge from a mile away. A stove top not wiped down with stove cleaner before bed? Laziness. A pan with grease still stuck on the outside? BRAIN EXPLOSION!!! 

SOCPDs are very efficient cleaners. They can clean the house in less time than it takes for a normal person to wrap their head around the fact that they should probably tidy up. Perhaps this is why they can't comprehend why cleaning the house is on the bottom of our  list. They don't realize how much time it takes for a normal person to mop the floors. 

SOCPDs are also very all-or-nothing type people. This causes a lot of stress, as they couldn't ever half-ass a job. It is either perfect, or not done at all. Poor SOCPDs.... it is why school is so much harder for them. Not that we normal people ever half-ass our homework...

FInally, SOCPDs aren't fully aware of the extent of their 'uniqueness'. They don't realize that us normal people aren't at all aware of the things they pick up on. It is not that we are lazy, we simply do not see how something is a problem until it is brought to our attention. We didn't realize that the 25 year old pan was able to shine that way. Or that it was worth the effort. 

In the end, if you are living with an SOCPD, don't fret. You are not alone. You must simply be constantly on the lookout for things that might be seen as messy in the eyes of an SOCPD. As you walk around day to day, try to carry the motto, "I must not change anything about my environment." And then your little SOCPD will be happy. 


Jairus Streight said...

id give anything to have SOCPD.... sigh... :)

Paula Findlay said...

I think Danika is now questioning her decision to live with me for 8 months... haha