When is a ritual just a ritual and when is it OCD?
Rituals and superstitions may seem like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but there is a difference, says HealthMaker Jerry Bubrick, PhD. In this video, he explains that with OCD, it's easier to give in to superstitions than to fight them.
Well, it's hard to say that Nadal has it wrong.
Right? I mean he's one of the winningest-- most winningest players in tennis history. But there's something to be said about
is he one of the most winningest players in history because he's got the talent and the skill to play the game well or because he's
tossing the ball the exact same way, with the same rituals before every serve. So, you know, I don't--
most elevators in New York City, or probably in the world, don't have a button for 13.
Right? It's not like there's a 13th floor that's just empty and you know. But the people who live on 14 actually live on 13.
They just don't want to call it 13. Right? So but-- so we can understand these things in society through our superstitions.
But on some level, we all know that these things are ridiculous. We know that if I walk under a ladder when it's open on the street, I'm not going to have bad luck.
It's just I don't want to risk it. But I'm capable of tolerating that risk anyways, or just in case.
If I'm walking around with OCD, I'm having lots of those superstitions a lot of the time. So it's just easier to give in to them
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