Are you someone who believes in being organized and strives for perfectionism. Do people sometimes see you as rigid or “stuck up” ? Do you have problems with flexibility and openness? Does your perfectionism interfere with task completion ?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions you need to learn about obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)!
A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from social and cultural norm. This often leads to distress in social, personal and occupational functioning.
Persons with OCPD may display the following features.
- They have feelings of excessive doubt and caution and often defer decision making until a plan is in place.
- They are preoccupied by their own rules and lists, and often expect close ones to follow these rules.
- They are often careful, thorough, and extremely attentive to details in any task they undertake, and sometimes become preoccupied with productivity or success.
- Excessive pedantry in regard to social and personal rules.
- They are often seen as rigid and stubborn.
- There is often an insistence that others submit to his/her way of thinking/working.
- They may have insistent distressing thoughts or images.
- They tend to be critical of themselves and often have trouble dealing with setbacks and failures.
If you or a friend fulfill any 3 of the above criteria, you may have an obsessive compulsive personality disorder.