August 1, 2001    





What are you compulsive about?

I guess it would hafta be the same routine every morning and I can't skip a step or I'll get messed up. That's the only thing I can think of.

Stephanie, 25

I feel compelled to tidy loose ends with any sort of paperwork.

Jill, 60

Little things. Like when I leave my job at the end of the day, I line everything up on my desk in perfect order and at just the right angles. I go nuts in the morning if it looks like someone has moved something even just a little bit. I'm not like that at home. By all appearances at home, I'm the creative writer....paper stuff all over my computer desk and nothing in any sort of order. At work? Compulsive. Go figure.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

Reading. If I have a day without a chance to read, I get very twitchy.  Also, having a clean desk when I'm working. I can't focus if my desk is cluttered.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Clutter. I hate to see piles of things anywhere.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I don't know if it's compulsive so much as it's a ritual that I must observe. I have to stop at the Montvale rest area off the Garden State Parkway (first/last stop on the northern end of the Parkway in NJ) and get a cup of coffee. It doesn't matter if I want coffee or not. It doesn't matter if I'm ready for a stop or not. I just have to stop at that rest area.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

Make-up. I cannot leave my house without a full face of make-up. Call me insecure.

Jennifer, 19

The dishes... I feel all angsty if I leave them in the sink dirty... it just bothers me to see them sitting there.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

I am compulsive about planning what I will do once my work day is over- needless to say this takes up a lot of thinking time during my work day. I am also compulsive about cleaning.

Shayna, 28

A lot of little things, probably.

Karen, 21

I guess I get compulsive when I shop. I go into the store and find something that is on sale and buy, but nothing big just small items. I have cut back alot but still tend to do it. I try now to think do I need this or do I just want it.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

I am completely paranoid about being fired...without cause...others would probably be better at answering this question that I am...

age unknown, parts unknown

This sounds stupid but I have a compulsive behavior of licking my lips constantly and cleaning my ears...and taking too much medication...

Blaid, 14
Staten Island

Washing my hands. I think I know where it stems from - when I was a child I was allergic to about a million different everyday things and my face used to flair up constantly, which isn't a very pleasant experience. So I became a bit obsessive about washing my hands over the tiniest things, but I'm not half as bad anymore. Nowadays the worst thing is that I 'feel' when my hands are dirty and I can't concentrate on anything unless I clean them.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

I used to be compulsive about a lot of things - but I have come to realize (mostly after my Mom had to have several heart surgeries) that it is important to try to relax and worry about only the important stuff. So I remain compulsive about putting food in the fridge, and thats about all I can think of - but I know there has to be more. Im working hard though to get rid of the ones that dont effect health or safety.


I guess about spending money. It sure goes fast.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick

Spending money.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

I've thought this question over for a couple of days and I can't think of anything that I'm compulsive about.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

I'm pretty compulsive about the cleanliness of my food and my hands when I eat. I'm compulsive about washing my face. I'm compulsive about my computer's "health."

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

Shopping and magazines.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

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