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OCD? FauxCD? NoCD… Quirks

I don’t have OCD.  But I do like things a specific way and if there is any point of deviation I will FREAK OUT!

Not really.

But kind of.

Do you have any of those quirks, things that you love or hate or constantly find yourself doing or avoiding? I’d like to call this FauxCD– because I do know there are people that really struggle with OCD. When we say, “That’s just my OCD” we are really misrepresenting the disorder. Rhett and Link actually did a great video poking fun at OCD:

And then they did one educating people about OCD:

But even when you have a correct understanding of OCD, it’s hard to not see your quirks as OCD– when it’s really just FauxCD. Or it just comes down to the fact that we’ve all got own quirks that have nothing to do with OCD at all. So, here are some of mine.

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I have to eat some sort of bread/cracker/chip/etc before I drink anything in the morning. Sometimes that’s because I just brushed my teeth and the taste of orange juice or even soda after toothpaste is nasty– but other times it’s just to wake my mouth up, I guess.

Mmmm… waffles…

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When someone is talking to me and then turns away, distracted by someone’s question or comment, I will stop talking– and smolder inwardly. It really hurts when I am trying to share something and feel ignored or unimportant. I know that’s not always the issue, but I can’t help feel cut off.

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When I eat Life cereal or Goldfish, I often balance the piece on the edge of my teeth and try to bite down on it and split it down the middle.

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I compulsively pick at things.

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I have to run the shower for a couple minutes before I even get in, just so I can get it to the best temperature.  I also often spend more time finding music to play while I’m in the shower than the time I spend in the shower.

Nothing more relaxing than a relaxing shower. How relaxing…

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I like wearing different colored socks, but they have to be the same type of sock– cotton with cotton, wool with wool, long with long, short with short. If I ever have to mix types, I feel it all day.

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I pull my car key out of my pocket and throw it in the air then catch it with the other hand– and I feel so COOL every time I do it.

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If I have stayed up late and have to get up early in the morning, I tend to just stay up a couple extra hours rather than risk not getting up on time– because that has happened to me way too many times.

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I cannot go to sleep while my dog is licking her paws or other things, because all I hear is that lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick sound.

GO TO SLEEP!

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I plan out my meal so that I end on a particular bite at a particular point. No, I don’t have a schedule printed out or anything, but I like to eat what I order and order what I eat and eat it in order.

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I have to have a drink before I can eat my meal. I need something to wash down my food; it probably has something to do with my southern roots.

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On the airplane, I can’t sleep by leaning back. I have to put my head down on the tray in front of me– so when people lean their chairs back and cut into my head space, I feel like punching someone. Hate it.

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Also can’t stand it when people sit in front of me at the movie theater– it’s fine if it’s crowded and they have to sit there, but if there’s plenty of other seats, why do they have to sit there and block my view or take away my foot rests?!

Best Feeling Ever.

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I can’t bear to hear or read any spoilers for movies or TV shows. I did it once for Lost and was so mad at myself afterwards. When shows that I love show clips “Next time on ____…” I cover my eyes and ears so I don’t get spoiled and get to enjoy the surprise when I actually see the episode.

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I will always rearrange the toppings on my burger, no matter what. The chef might have placed every piece in a perfect position (though usually he or she doesn’t), but I have to sort through each piece, make sure the condiments are spread out well, the tomato is in the center, the lettuce is well arranged, everything is in its place. Then I can eat it.

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So I know that hardly any of these would pass as true OCD. Some could be defined as FauxCD, but I’ll be honest, most of these are NoCD– just quirks. Signs that I am a unique human being, created in the image of God, flawed yet significant. And you are too. So what are your quirks?

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