OCD vs Perfectionism

Hi, P-assengers! Back again with our article. How are you? We hope you are all in good health and doing well. Have you ever noticed that many people still misunderstood the difference between OCD and perfectionism? Many of them say, “Sorry, I have OCD, so…”. But, in reality, they are just being perfectionists. So, how to tell the difference? Let’s find out!

Before we start talking about the difference between OCD and perfectionism. We must know the meaning of both of them. 

So, let’s start with the meaning of OCD. OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) is a mental disorder that can be categorized as obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions mean having thoughts about something over and over, usually, these thoughts are unwanted. However, if you don’t do it, it will cause anxiety. Then, the compulsion is a way to reduce the anxiety of the obsession. For example, OCD sufferers who like to feel unsafe, they will repeatedly make sure everything like doors or windows is locked.

What about perfectionism? Perfectionism is the personality of someone who does not accept that they have flaws because they have high self-standards. It may sound like a good thing, but if done to excess can cause anxiety and even slow down the work.

So, what’s the difference? The difference between OCD and perfectionism can be seen from the sufferer’s perspective on the actions they take. People with OCD, know that what they are doing is wrong and want to stop but can’t. While perfectionists will not feel guilty for their actions. Because usually, their actions have become habits that make them comfortable.

What do you think, P-assengers? Can you see the difference between the two? Based on this article, we can conclude that they are not the same thing. Because OCD is a mental disorder, while perfectionism is a person’s character. That’s it for today’s article, we hope this article can help you understand the difference between OCD and Perfectionism. That’s all for today’s article, goodbye, P-assengers!


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