Compulsions

We are all compulsive. We all have needs, impulses, drives, desires, temptations, obsessions and fixations in life. This is how we function. How we manage them is the issue.

Breathing, walking, moving, eating, drinking, cleaning, washing, thinking, working, and all the other activities we do for our survival and fulfillment in life involve compulsions to a level or another.

When these compulsions become too frequent and strong in their manifestation they start to affect our lives.

Compulsions are present in many life struggles. In depression they come as repetitive irrational thoughts, in OCD they come as intrusive obsessions and repetitive behaviours, in eating disorders they come as repetitive thoughts around eating or not eating, and compulsive behaviours of purging and using laxatives.

In addiction, compulsions come as obsessive thinking about the substance and behavior and compulsive use of them, in psychosis they come as intrusive hallucinations, in impulse control issues they come as repetitive reactions and inappropriate behaviors, and so on.

There is no doubt that compulsions can be debilitating. They enter our default functioning and, if we allow our minds to run our lives on automatic pilot, they will function  as a compulsive trail of thinking.

Compulsions can be managed, but not through a quick fix. We have been trained our entire life to repeat desired behaviors until we perfected them. Our family, the school, the work environment, our hobbies, sports, competitions, they are all based on repetitions and this is how we end up functioning day by day.

To alter our functioning we need to learn about ourselves, gain clarity and understand how we developed that way, and then replace our compulsive behaviour with a more desired way of a being.

To talk about your compulsions, email me in strict confidence at: nicoleta@thesignificantyou.com, or schedule a phone call: