What is Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Obsessive-compulsive behavior is the continuous repetition of action without it leading to an actual reward or pleasure.
Sometimes people will do the action over and over hoping that they can make the obsession go away. The action is usually small, but sometimes can be life-threatening.
Over 50 million people in the world suffer from some obsessive-compulsive behavior. People that suffer from this kind of disorder are usually more secretive. Hence they find no relief from it.
The signs of this behavior are:
- Repeating unwanted actions
- Rechecking over and over
- Constant counting
- Repeatedly cleaning a room over and over
- Washing hands frequently
- Continually checking the stove or door locks
- Rearranging furniture to face a certain way
Types of Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Approximately 80% of those who suffer from shopping behavior are women. This fulfills their need to own products.
Most likely the purchases that are made during this behavior are never used or worn. They are purchased just because the thought to buy exists.
This is where a person has issues with throwing items away. The major problem with hoarding is that the person does not have the space to store all items. This could pose a danger to them or others as it may block exits which are essential if there was an emergency to get out.
Hoarders typically horde clothing, newspaper items, containers, junk mail, books, and craft items. Most hoarders believe that whatever they are storing may be useful in the future.
For some, it can be fear of losing something that’s very valuable to them.
Most people overeat when they are dealing with stress.
Some overeat because as a child they might not have gotten much food to eat. These people tend to think, “might as well eat right now who knows when the food is going to run out.” They are afraid that they might not have enough tomorrow.
Many times people who struggle with constant eating have not developed the proper coping skills to deal with emotional/mental issues. They indulge in binges where they eat until they can’t eat any more or until the compulsion has passed.
Gambling takes place when a person is stressed out, or they are trying to create an outlet for repressed anger. Most gamblers run into issues with those close to them as well as the law.
Due to lack of money, these people try their luck at gambling. They might have a lucky chance and when a little bit of money, they invest that money right back into another gamble. The cycle continues.
- Nail biting/Skin Picking
This is where a person causes harm to themselves. Sometimes they will bite their nails until they are bleeding other times they pick their skin until they can physically see blood running down.
These individuals never let their nails grow long enough or their skin to scab over. Some even pick hair off there head until there are bald spots.
This behavior leaves behind permanent marks.
Here there is the need to check locks continuously to make sure that they are indeed locked. Others need to count to a certain number, if for any reason they mess up they will restart their counting.
Some people have issues with washing their hands over and over. Sometimes they wash them to the point till the skin their hands dry out.
After reading all this and understanding more about this behavior are you ready to start getting over this type of behavior, if so then let the 4-step guide help you?
What is the 4-Step Guide to Overcoming This Negative/Harmful Behavior
What you would need to do here is select the compulsion behavior you want to work on.
Make sure to read the submodalities post so you can select the highest modalities you experience when you are in this state of compulsion.
Most times compulsions are associated with external triggers, so make sure to take note of the triggers.
For instance, nail-biting compulsion only takes place when nails have reached a certain length.
Now you will need to identify the submodalities which most affect you when you are in this state of behavior.
For example, maybe you want to work on skin picking.
- What is about the skin which makes you want to pick it?
- What has to happen for you to want to pick your skin?
- What feelings do you experience when you want to pick your skin?
These are the type of question you want to ask yourself to identify the submodalities you will need to work with.
Make sure to take note of sensations you experience. Are they subtle or intense? Do they cause tingling or pressure? Are you even conscious of them?
Now use your imagination to make the submodalities even more significant then what they were before.
For instance, maybe you saw your nails a certain length, now let them grow another inch or so. Still resist the temptation to bite them, even if they are imagined.
Keep repeating step 4 until you feel like you no longer have the feeling of wanting to do the compulsive behavior action. The more extreme you make the submodality, the more effect it will have on the action you are trying to be rid of.
Once you feel bored or desensitized, you will need to test for real, if your realism passes the need to perform the action. You have successfully overcome obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Note: If your behavior needs more than what this guide can provide, please find a good therapist who will help you move forward.
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