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Good Comment: Life Manifest

I'd like to bring attention to this ingenious comment by Stefanie Zobus. I'm adding bold on my favorite part -

It’s terribly easy to waste a day. It’s the evening, and I haven’t really done anything useful. I thought of planning the day when I got up, but in the end didn’t. I think books such as that one are really good in that they remind people their treacherous tendencies that take over when one doesn’t pay attention carefully enough. Old habits and all that. It would probably be a good idea to have something that forcefully reminds one of the whole business every day when one gets up, at least when one is still establishing new habits.

Something I thought about in that respect was that it would be useful to write some sort of ‘life manifest.’ Discussing how one wants ones’ life to be, what one wants to do in life, and very importantly: why – because when one doubts and falters, one could read that and be reminded of why one tries, and why one should keep going. You wrote something similar in that you had some post some time ago as to how many books you want to publish until then-and-then, and how much money you want to own at this or that point… which is a really good thing since it encourages and sets goals. There are so many methods and ways helping one to keep going… one just has to find and employ them. I’m afraid, the employing part is difficult. Reading a book like that brings one ‘back to earth’ I suppose, if one really cares. And if one doesn’t care, well, then things are pretty hopeless anyway.

Very smart stuff. I have some things that I live for, but I never thought to look at those when I was feeling demotivated. Great stuff. Stefanie just launched a site at http://stefaniezobus.wordpress.com/ - here's looking forward to good insights from her.

Mindfulness for OCD

On The Rough Polar Bear

Did I remember to turn the oven off? I’m not sure, I'll check one more time. Did I remember to lock the front door? I should really go back home and make absolutely sure. It’s normal to feel that we need to double check things sometimes in order to reassure ourselves that we didn’t overlook something that potentially could be very important. However, for many people the habit of repeatedly checking becomes a treacherous, unconscious habit.

For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, checking and re-checking things can consume hours and hours of their day, because they are driven by intense fears of extremely unlikely scenarios. This vicious circle means that double-checking fogs the memory because instead of a clear, memorable, one-time occurrence, the checker is confronted with a series of similar events that tend to blur together - that's when doubt sneaks in. It's as if the brain's filter for sorting out what's dangerous from what's not dangerous isn't working properly – normal worry, doubt and uncertainty becomes out of control.

For the many that are suffering from extremely strong urges of OCD, it can cause the mind to think they have to do certain things repeatedly – often for a specific number of times, and if they don’t do this then they fear that something bad will happen to them – almost like a ritual. The most common type of OCD is cleaning, where people feel like deep cleaning their home, as they tend to live in very sterile environments and hate dirt/mess. The symptoms tend to be very easy to spot, especially if you are living with someone who displays them.

What causes it?

Unfortunately, doctors and scientists don't know exactly what causes OCD, although recent research has brought better understanding about OCD as experts believe that it is related to the levels of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. When the flow of serotonin is blocked, the brains so called ‘alarm system’ overreacts and misunderstands information. Instead of the brain filtering out these pointless thoughts, the mind dwells on them — and the person experiences unrealistic fear and doubt.

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