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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
David Ashton   7/27/2014 10:48:25 PM
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@sranje... "The problem is when the affliction escalates out of control"

True.  What I should have said is that good engineers are a bit obsessive-compulsive.   It's when it gets out of hand and becomes a disorder that you have a problem.......

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
sranje   7/27/2014 10:32:14 PM
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Yes David - you are correct. The problem is when the affliction escalates out of control - for example Howard Hughes would repeatedly wash hands until they started to bleed.

Until recently there was very little understanding of OCD with a lot of quckery and nonsense "treatment".  A very simple and effective is the ERP methos (exposure - response prevention). For example, the sufferers have to three times check a lock to make sure that a car, house door is locked.  With great discipline and initial effort you check it only twice or only once -- and that particular obssessive "need" dissipates and goes away.

Left untreated it can completely escalate -- as in poor Tesla and Hughes....

Sometimes I myself wish I would have some of it. When we have been much smaller animals and sitting on a branch during the night I bet these with OCD had a much higher survival rate.... ;-))

 

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
David Ashton   7/27/2014 9:20:47 PM
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@Bert....that's easy.  From your point of view, most people are careless slobs.  From THEIR point of view you have OCD.

As others have pointed out, mild OCD is a very desirable quality in an engineer.  So as long as you associate with like minded people, your OCD traits don't get you down, and you don't allow the slobbiness of others to get you down too much,  you're doing good.  And that's all that matters.

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
Bert22306   7/27/2014 7:52:27 PM
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Wait. If I think that most people are careless slobs, does that mean I have OCD, or does that mean that most people are careless slobs?

Inquiring minds would love to know.

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
Susan Rambo   7/25/2014 5:11:31 PM
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Funny t-shirt, Betajet. That's a good way to think about it, Betajet and Krisi: milder OCD is a feature and not a bug.

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
betajet   7/25/2014 4:35:38 PM
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Susan said: It's wierd how the mind "malfunctions" -- it's a wonder it works at all.

Well, for me OCD is a feature, not a bug.  I think it makes me a better engineer since I obsess about details and unlikely failure modes and "nice to have" options that marketing hasn't specified yet but may some day.

In fact, I'm tempted to get one of those T-shirts that reads: "I have CDO.  It's like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order like they're supposed to be."

I have a cat who insists on parking herself on my chest and licking my beard.  We call it Obsessive Licking Disorder.  It get OLD after a while :-)

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Yellow house
antedeluvian   7/25/2014 4:10:34 PM
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Cabe

Van Gogh's Yellow House in Arles was also saved and restored as a museum for those inspired by the late artist to learn more about his tragic life.

I quote from Wikipedia "The building suffered various rebuilding, before it was severely damaged in a bombing raid by the Allies on June 25, 1944 and was later demolished."


I have coincidentally just returned from a vacation to Provence and so I recently became aware that the Yellow House is a reconstruction.

 

 

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
krisi   7/25/2014 4:09:46 PM
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I am not sure OCD requires treatment...according to some estimates 10-15% people have it...mild forms of OCD are not hurtful, quite teh opposite, my desk at home and at work is the most organized and cleanest, and I tend to be very efficient in what I do!

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
Susan Rambo   7/25/2014 3:40:50 PM
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Interesting. I'm guessing doctors probably did not have very good treatments for OCD back in Hughes' day and no treat in Tesla's. It's wierd how the mind "malfunctions" -- it's a wonder it works at all.

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Re: Tesla suffered from OCD
krisi   7/25/2014 2:30:38 PM
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happt to hear that Tesla had OCD, I have it too!..hopefully I will not follow Hughes's life ;-)

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