A key feature of OCPD is that the person often thinks their way of doing things is morally right, rather than just a good idea. If you have a religion that tells you perfection is the ultimate aim, that one day we will all be perfect, this surely sounds like pure happiness for someone with OCPD. Even though the idea of perfection is nonsensical and utterly impossible to explain.
A religion or OCPD?
Yikes that list cuts a little too close to the bone... better read more on this.
Your post reminds me of certain stages of waking up.
- I read in some novel the term "pathologically religious" and upon repeating it, got a few laughs from some in the cong who could differentiate between religious and spiritual.
- Wilke Collins' The Moonstone made me ever so much more uncomfortable in the field service after reading chapter about Drusilla Clack's pamphlet campaign... dreadful
I'd attribute OCPD-like traits to fundamentalism, but not necessarily to religion in general.
I thought this thread didn't make much sense.
I was thinking of COPD!
And what is COPD St George?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
You know, like emphysema.
There is definitely truth in this assertion. My parents were both of the "my opinion is morally right" club and admittedly I struggle at times too, though I've made huge improvement. My dad would go to every meeting, give every talk, do literally anything they asked him to do. He told me when I was a young M.S. to say yes to anything asked of me.
Later in life I'd take him fishing, trying so hard to develop a relationship with him. If he was asked on Saturday to do something after service, I had to wait even longer. Everything came in last place compared to dub stuff. He gave talks where he passed out on stage as his health declined. It was horrible.
He'd do weird things like he would go out to bring home dinner for my mom and sister, but first he had to stop by Taco Bell, eat inside by himself, and then go get their food. He had rituals that had to be done, everyone else be damned.
All of us kids deal with some measure of compulsive behaviors. My dad was his own extreme though. Good thing he was an elder and shining example to the congregation, a lighthearted affable dude that turned into a miserable jerk at home.
I find many here find it easy to blame the wts for just about all and any of their problems
But the reality is that plenty of people who've never associated with jw's have these same problems
I'm not saying their claim is false but just blaming jw's for your problems will do nothing for you or anyone else. Lots of jw's are perfectly happy being jw's, lots of catholics and atheists are perfectly happy in their life, and plenty of all these are unhappy. If you want to be happy then choose to be happy, don't waste your life pointing fingers at everyone but yourself