1. "is preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or schedules to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost" Not at all.
2. "shows perfectionism that interferes with task completion (e.g., is unable to complete a project because his or her own overly strict standards are not met)" I'm a perfectionist but it never interferes with task completion. If I don't have time to get it perfect, I do the best I can and move on.
3. "is excessively devoted to work and productivity to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships (not accounted for by obvious economic necessity)" I'd say yes and no on this one. I'm devoted to getting the job done. I'm not obsessed with working, though. I'll work 55+ hours this week, but next week I may only bill 30. Again, I moved to this city because I was offered a job here. At first I had a few friends, but they've since moved, and I talk all the time on here about
having nothing to do at nights. So sometimes yes and sometimes no.
4. "is overconscientious, scrupulous, and inflexible about
matters of morality, ethics, or values (not accounted for by cultural or religious identification)" I have a strong sense of what's right and wrong but I wouldn't say I'm inflexible at all. I believe that many times, people are faced with mitigating circumstances. There's very little black and white in the world.
5. "is unable to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value" Does not apply at all.
6. "is reluctant to delegate tasks or to work with others unless they submit to exactly his or her way or doing things" Sort of. I don't care HOW it's done as long as it's done right. It doesn't have to be my way...but my profession is legal in nature so things do have to be a certain way, and I am indeed reluctant to delegate at times.
7. "adopts a miserly spending style toward both self and others; money is viewed as something to be hoarded for future catastrophes" This was true until recently. I was sick, wasn't billing many hours, and at one time was scheduled for layoff in June. There were no
openings in my field. Now I'm not sick and am billing plenty of hours, and I know I have something coming up after this project is over. I'm no longer an incredible cheapskate, but I am still a saver.
8. "shows rigidity and stubbornness" Guilty as charged.
In other words, no, I'm not OCD.
I'm a guy.
"debaser" is a song by The Pixies, and that's where my
name on here comes from. You can learn more about
The Pixies and their music at http://www.pixiesmusic.com/
de·base - v. (di-bas')
1. to reduce in quality or value; adulterate: "They debased the value of the dollar."
2. to lower in rank, dignity, or significance: "He wouldn't debase himself by doing manual labor."
—Synonyms 1. lower, vitiate, corrupt; contaminate, pollute, defile. 2. degrade, abase, demean, reduce.
I'm not really that bad a guy, though. Check out my Healing Well journals as I attempt to recover from
Part One: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=768769
Part Two: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=792285
Post Edited (debaser) : 4/25/2007 6:43:06 PM (GMT-6)