Psychology

Marie Kondo's method has lights and shadows: the risk for people with OCD

Marie Kondo arrived to revolutionize Netflix and our lives. It's almost amazing how a person as small and silent as Kondo could unleash such amount of comments, opinions, criticisms, praises and articles.

People began to wonder if he needed a Marie Kondo in his life, if all this time they had been doing it wrong or if they were messy. But, in addition to that, a more worrying aspect has been the role that the extremely orderly lifestyle of the Japanese could have in the development of disorders such as obsessive compulsive (OCD) or, directly, in people who already suffer from it.

What is obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a disorder whose symptoms include both obsessions and compulsions, although some people may show only symptoms of obsession or only compulsion.

What they do have in common is that the people affected feel these thoughts or compulsions as invasive, and cause anxiety and anxiety problems.

There are several different issues that people affected by obsessive compulsive disorder can live. Among others, we find the fear of dirt and germs, the need to keep everything very tidy or symmetrically, thoughts about harming oneself or unwanted thoughts.

As for compulsions, the l can appearavarse and clean constantly, verify and recount that everything is fine, constantly order and maintain very strict routines.

The impact of Marie Kondo on a person with OCD

The reality is that there are differences between the symptoms and the experiences of a person with obsessive compulsive disorder and what Marie Kondo's method postulates. To start, the latter recommends a specific action (order) at a specific time (when cleaning needs to be done, when things are messy, etc.) and without requiring much long-term intervention.

People with OCD, on the other hand, they can spend many hours in a row performing a compulsive act due to the obsessive thinking that plagues them. These people make these compulsions driven by fear of the negative consequences they can have if they do not.

The reality is, therefore, that It is unlikely that a series like that of Marie Kondo on Netflix or one of his books end up leading us to develop a disorder of this type. However, for some people with some vulnerability it may be part of the trigger.

And, in some cases, the fact that Marie Kondo encourages us to be so concise and slightly extreme in order and in the amount of things we maintain, can generate constant repetition in some people, moved by the worry of not doing well enough.

The fact that the way of folding the clothes that Kondo teaches us is very mechanical can encourage this repetition. In the case of people who already have OCD, the situation is similar: this type of disorder can lead to perfectly healthy and appropriate behaviors - how to order - become obsessive fixations.

For these people, seeing Marie Kondo order, the way she does it, all the things in the house that she recommends to order, how she indicates that she has her things collected, etc., can be a source of anxiety for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Since worrying about the things in your house that are not well collected, all the other things that they could order, going through needing to make sure that everything is folded just as well as her, etc.

This can generate in these people important feelings of anxiety and discomfort. In any case, we must keep in mind that the triggers can be very varied and they are not the same for everyone.

Not only obsessive compulsive disorder

It is not only people affected with OCD who may suffer certain consequences or discomforts resulting from trying to follow the method of Marie Kondo, or similar ones, but also People who suffer from a somewhat less known disorder: the syndrome of compulsive accumulation.

People who suffer from this disorder accumulate objects compulsively, but also feel a very intense attachment to the objects they accumulate. This people can be reaffirmed in the principle that guides Kondo's style of order.

And it is that she recommends taking the objects and determining if they give us happiness or not, to only stay with those that make us happy. In the case of people with accumulation disorder, it is more than possible that feel that all your objects give you happiness, due to the intense attachment they feel towards them.

In this way, they might feel that the Kondo method legitimizes them to keep all their objects, since they bring you happiness.

The important thing when we are faced with methods of this style, order gurus - or lifestyle, in general - that give general advice, the same for everyone, is that we ask ourselves if it will work for us or not. And if, for whatever reason, because of our lifestyle, our emotional situation, our mental health, etc., doesn't work for us, we don't have to follow it. We must look for what works for us, not the rest of the world.

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