Compulsive Habits Rituals - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/OCD

Nervous - Cautious - Stuck - Diffident - Fear of Change - Cut Off

When does a good habit become a restricting repetitive habit ?

A mild degree of degree of repetitive pattern is necessary to our sense of stability.

Over cautious attitudes can develop out of adverse life experience - from which we may need to be helped to recover and rehabilitated.  But where a person feels compelled to follow a pattern which they cannot let go or change, they begin to be cut off  from the normal world.  Often the idea that they could take a chance - even in minor ways - to stand out or be different or  is experienced as a threat.

The fear can make them angry and rejecting in the face of encouragement. Losing interest in their  surroundings they become cut off and end up feeling stuck, isolated and unable to change. This anxiety then provokes deeper involvement in the ritual patterns which sedate the system and provide a sense of security - further shutting the world out.

This a retreat into repetitive habit and ritual pattern displaces other useful and healthy activity and becomes a defence against a fear of change or doing something new.

Once rigidly or extensively established, this is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD - a pattern which is powerfully resistant to change.

These patterns often develop out of early upbringing which has been over-critical, over protective or  which has otherwise fostered a sense of personal inadequacy or insecurity.

Cognitive behavioural analysis is used in systematic identification of its components, their meanings and function in the person’s own belief system.

A lot of ingenuity is required to free up these patterns. Often a direct approach just evokes more powerful resistance and it is necessary to develop both conscious and unconscious levers to shift the pattern.

Ericksonian Hypnosis, NLP and paradoxical techniques are some of the most powerful psychological tools that can be brought to bear in by-passing and changing these damaging patterns.

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