Obsessive-Compulsive Personality: People with an obsessive-compulsive personality are preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism, and control. They are reliable, dependable, orderly, and methodical, but their inflexibility makes them unable to adapt to change. Because they are cautious and weigh all aspects of a problem, they have difficulty making decisions (like at the grocery store or with anything). They take their responsibilities seriously, but because they cannot tolerate mistakes or imperfection, they often have trouble completing tasks. Unlike the mental health disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality does not involve repeated, unwanted obsessions and ritualistic behavior.
People with an obsessive-compulsive personality are often high achievers, especially in the sciences and other intellectually demanding fields that require order and attention to detail. However, their responsibilities make them so anxious that they can rarely enjoy their successes. They are uncomfortable with their feelings, with relationships, and with situations in which they lack control or must rely on others or in which events are unpredictable (like with my brother).
Now I don't want you to think that I need a label for everything. It's just people always made me feel that I was different or strange. I love having this type of personality because it allowed me to do the following:
• Come home every night for six months and create the Gaining Insight Campaign (sometimes staying up until 2 or 3 am when I had work the next day)
• Create my video documentary with a ridiculous deadline (I always love a deadline-keeps me motivated)
• Going directly back to college to study graphic design after studying biology for four years.
• Staring at the ingredients on the sides of food products which usually makes my time at the grocery store endless.
• Worrying about my brother everyday since he came home from Italy with a mental illness (nice souvenir, huh?).
• Coming home from class and rewriting the notes I already took in class once.
• Not settling for failure in myself.
• Keeping my family together no matter what.
• Worrying that chemicals or plastics could cause cancer (why I eat organic now).
• Not going to bed until I am happy with how a room is designed (this happens a lot since I bought my house).
• Or changing the design of a room 5 or 6 times until I am happy.
• I am never 100% content with any of my creations, which is why I change things over and over.
• Fight stigma until I see change!