|Which number has the power?|
Some people with OCD have something special that is sometimes referred to as a "magic number." Sounds fancy, right?
Well, it's really a trap. This number becomes the amount of times that they have to do something to feel safe.
An example helps: If the person's magic number is "3", then they might have to check the stove three times to make sure it's off, or turn the light switch on and off three times before they leave a room.
I've never had a magic number. Some people would say that makes me lucky, but really it's a different kind of tragedy. I don't know when to stop. Sometimes, I have to do an action (like check my time card) over and over and over and over until the anxiety dies.
I have tried to apply the "magic number" 3 before. 3 is manageable. 3 is nice! 3 doesn't take up too much time.
Sometimes this works, but what I've generally found is that you can't choose your magic numbers. Apparently, they choose you.
As someone with OCD, but not this particular quirk, this concept is fascinating to me.
If you're interested in learning more about "Magic Numbers" from an expert perspective, this article might help: http://beyondocd.org/expert-perspectives/articles/your-number-is-up-magical-numbers-and-ocd