Loved by the boss but not col­leagues

Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

PEO­PLE with ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive per­son­al­ity dis­or­der are of­ten highly val­ued by their bosses, as they are re­li­able and their stan­dard of work is high.

But it can be vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to work with, or un­der, them; they are also dif­fi­cult to live with. About 5% of the pop­u­la­tion has this per­son­al­ity dis­or­der, and it is more com­mon in men. These are the char­ac­ter­is­tics that can iden­tify them. The peo­ple af­fected . . .

NEED to keep ev­ery­thing in or­der and un­der con­trol.

OB­SES­SIVELY check their work, wor­ry­ing it’s not good enough.

SET un­fea­si­bly high stan­dards for them­selves and oth­ers.

BE­HAVE judg­men­tally to­wards other peo­ple.

THINK their way is the best way of mak­ing things hap­pen. STRUG­GLE to adapt or change. WORRY that they, or oth­ers, might make mis­takes.

EX­PECT catas­tro­phes if things aren’t per­fect.

FIND tak­ing crit­i­cism very dif­fi­cult.

FIND it dif­fi­cult to spend money on them­selves or oth­ers.

HAVE a ten­dency to hang on to items with no ob­vi­ous value.

These peo­ple are per­fec­tion­ists to an ex­treme de­gree, get­ting very up­set if things aren’t done in ex­actly the right way, of­ten in­sist­ing on things be­ing done again and again.

They are rarely late, usu­ally ar­riv­ing ex­ces­sively early.

They are of­ten worka­holics and sac­ri­fice re­la­tion­ships. They strug­gle to re­lax even at home, with rigid, in­flex­i­ble rou­tines — they can be pre­oc­cu­pied with clean­li­ness and sym­me­try — and can be dif­fi­cult to live with. They dis­like un­pre­dictable things or any sense of loss of con­trol.

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