Making your OCD work for you
A broken model?
None of this is presented as ‘the truth’, or even a position to debate, merely as a view supported by anecdotal evidence, to entertain and if it resonates perhaps experiment with. Listen but decide for yourself in other words.
Let’s now look at the premise upon which the conventional approach is based.
In terms of mental health, the underlying model implies a norm, which if you’re judged as falling short of means you’re suffering from a mental illness.
This implies there are some who are sane and some who are not.
Firstly, there is no norm – you can search high and low, look to the depths or fixate on the surface appearance and you will never find a norm. Norms are a figment of the imagination. Yet this notion of a norm is perhaps the central tenet upon which the whole conventional model is predicated.
As a general guide to sanity, whenever anyone suppresses their true nature madness, in any or all of its forms, arises. By madness I mean any state of mind that isn’t mostly at peace with itself, where levels of distress are anything more than negligible, and which causes you to behave in ways that alienate others to the extent you’re unable to transact effectively enough to play a valuable and valued role in your personal, social and professional spheres and so ensure your survival needs are met.
To be more precise, the extent to which anyone suppresses their true nature in any given moment determines the extent madness overtakes them. And with repetition of suppression, habitual patterns develop.
Because we’re each obliged for the sake of collectively maintaining at least the minimum level of social cohesion to suppress our true natures, and to pretend to be this or be that, rather than display the actual inner tumult – everyone has tumult within, it’s intrinsic to the human condition – we are all to some extent, to varying degrees and at different times, mad. And that is without exception.
If you need justification for that, merely look at how humanity at large is behaving, from top down and vice versa, and it’s patently clear from the exponentially growing complexity of lies and pretense that humanity has lost its moorings.
The only way then to cure madness would be for everyone on Earth to stop pretending completely, to stop lying to stop presenting a face, to stop acting, to be real all the time. And even the biggest dreamer and idealist has to admit that will never, or is highly unlikely ever to happen.
Hence the best we can expect to do is to make our madness work for us.
But I will return to that theme and how it relates to OCD presently.
Let it suffice to say for now, that to assume one person is mad or with a so-called disorder, and another isn’t, is essentially a lie. This applies to everyone, including those who’ve trained and set themselves up as mental health professionals of any kind.