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Old 08-01-2007, 08:56 AM   #46
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It hasn't been a compulsion, but I like to line things in my visual field up with each other -- so that if I'm looking at a bookcase, for example, and I can almost see one side of it straight on, without seeing any of the plane of the piece of wood that makes the side of the bookcase, I'll move my head so that I cannot see that plane at all; and then I'll line up the edge of the laptop screen casing with the vertical line of the bookshelf. It's satisfying to do that, but I don't notice it unless I'm distracted from something else, or thinking, or looking for distraction.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:47 AM   #47
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mmmmmmmmmmmm fascinating.

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Old 08-01-2007, 01:43 PM   #48
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I use to work in a factory and it could get very monotonous, so when I ran out of fantasies to fill my otherwise vacant head, I'd count. We had a rate per hour so I'd look at my counter and go from there..1 meant 12 and 2 meant 23, 3 was 34 and so on...it all was a game to see how many I had to go until I made my rate. It was never accurate though because with each new 10 number I'd start over. Thank God I'm out of that job, now I can fill my head with other great thoughts, like counting by 3's.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:18 PM   #49
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:59 AM   #50
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Damn, I missed the chance to contribute...

When I was four, I discovered a magical "game" that I would play. It involved two fingers, one designated "1" and the other designated "2". I soon discovered that if I tapped "1", then "2", then "2" again, and then "1", I would complete a kind of "circuit", ending back at my original starting point. (Sort of like 0+1-1-1+1=0) I remember creating these gigantic circuits, looping the patterns to make even bigger 1-2-2-1 patterns, until I would be tapping rapid-fire: If you see 1-2-2-1 as being just another "1" and 2-1-1-2 as being a "2" pattern, the possibilities are endless...1221211221121221211212211221211221121221 122121121221211221121221ohmygodmakeitstop

Like auntie, my mother commented one day on "how strange I was being" and I decided to quit my games. When I'm tired, tipsy (only a few experiences, fortunately ), etc., I sometimes lapse into these behaviors. In retrospect, it was borderline ticcish, but I never really considered it anything strange, and tried to explain to a number of my friends, who looked at me strangely.

Another childhood habit (and one that continues to this day) is a need to quantify the "value" of a word: Take cucumber, for an example. Because it has an even number of letters, you could pair off the letters into cu, cu, mb, and er, giving you a value of 4. Words with odd numbers of letters are paired similarly, and the leftover letter is given a value of 1. Over at the xkcd forums (my other haunt ), I remember having a discussion with at least 5 other people who "counted letters", or something along those lines.

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couldnae said it better myself, auntie!
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:05 AM   #51
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Damn, I missed the chance to contribute...

When I was four, I discovered a magical "game" that I would play. It involved two fingers, one designated "1" and the other designated "2". I soon discovered that if I tapped "1", then "2", then "2" again, and then "1", I would complete a kind of "circuit", ending back at my original starting point. (Sort of like 0+1-1-1+1=0) I remember creating these gigantic circuits, looping the patterns to make even bigger 1-2-2-1 patterns, until I would be tapping rapid-fire: If you see 1-2-2-1 as being just another "1" and 2-1-1-2 as being a "2" pattern, the possibilities are endless...1221211221121221211212211221211221121221 122121121221211221121221ohmygodmakeitstop

Like auntie, my mother commented one day on "how strange I was being" and I decided to quit my games. When I'm tired, tipsy (only a few experiences, fortunately ), etc., I sometimes lapse into these behaviors.

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Aww come on, you can't just quit a compulsion when someone says something one time. You just went into hiding with it, right?
Admit it, you enjoyed typing that a little too much. Typing one handed? And I don't mean in the traditional...ohh never mind, I have important things to do....3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:33 AM   #52
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i used to know a girl who had a compulsion to add up features on people's faces. like obviously eyes nose and mouth, that was the first simple task. then it was identifying acne, moles, freckles, birthmarks, whatever. and then those would have to be counted immediately as well.

she was conscious of it and knew it was weird. the way it impacted her is that she was unable to really talk to someone when she first met them until she finished that tally. so if someone had no extra features on their face she could move quickly into conversation. but if they had a lot going on, that first moment or two could be kind of bumpy until she was sure she got the count right.


i used to count in binary during stressful situations. i would decide whether it was going to be base 8 or 10 or 16 or whatever and just start counting. i never really thought of it as a compulsion until i was seeing a grief counselor/psychologist after my mother passed away and i admitted that i'd turned to counting in binary to cope with stress. the counselor told me that it was in fact something of a compulsion, and more importantly an avoidance technique used to control the mind when the external world is out of control. apparently when people develop counting fixations, it's almost always an issue of controlling the mind in an uncontrollable world.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:20 PM   #53
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