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While I’m certainly not normal in any sense of the word, my Feng shui Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is proof of that. With the Year of the Pig (or Boar), or Earth Pig, depending on what article you’re reading, now upon us, I had a thought that’s been simmering in my addled brain.

My Feng shui Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Years ago diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, by a cigarette-smoking 60-something lady psychologist, the new Chinese Lunar New Year gave me pause to reflect. As I righted the top of a Blue Bunny Ice Cream Pistachio Almond lid my wife uses to store bottles of finger nail polish, my asawa caught me in the act.

“I’m practicing my feng shui,” I explained to her, “you know I can’t stand to see something turned upside down.”

My loving spouse just laughed. Because she’s fully aware of my OCD tendencies, having put up with me for over 19 years of marriage now. Historically feng shui was widely used to orient buildings and claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.

Anyway, that’s how Wikipedia describes this ancient Chinese pseudo-science.

Described by the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder. A person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat again and again.

Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order. That’s my obsession as listed by the NIMH.


Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety. Common symptoms include having things symmetrical or in a perfect order.

Thus, I feel the urge to have everything on our coffee table, my work desk, and kitchen counter, etc., straightened out and lined up in order. I cannot pass by anything without doing this. This obsession covers pictures that aren’t hanging straight and anything else I perceive as out of place.

My brain just won’t let me leave it alone.

As a youngster, I would use a yardstick to make sure all of my shoes lined up perfectly under my bed. My bedspread was perfectly laid out. This particular obsession may be a defense mechanism for abusive conditions I grew up in. I can’t say.

Well, at least I don’t have any other common obsessions like fear of germs, unwanted or taboo thoughts, or aggressive thoughts towards others.


Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought. Therefore, ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way is my compulsion.

Another compulsion I have? Repeatedly checking on things.  Locked door? Is the oven off?

Back in the States, I would have to open and close a mailbox lid multiple times to make sure my letter dropped down into the mail box bin.

My Feng shui Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

While my OCD is not as bad as it was years ago, I see a connection between OCD and Feng shui. Hence, I believe in general terms that Feng shui is all about harmony and balance, yin and yang, if you will.

Therefore, while I don’t care what direction our front door faces, I still prefer to have a sense of balance and order in our home. Call it Feng shui or OCD or whatever you like. Peace and harmony works best for me.


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