Is it my intuition or my OCD?

April 30, 2021

Is it my intuition or my OCD?

Having OCD can make trusting your intuition feel really hard. Hell, it makes almost everything feel hard sometimes, right?

So how can we tell the difference between our intuition, or inner voice, which we are supposed to trust, and our OCD, which we are supposed to ignore? I have a few tips I’ve learned along the way.

✨If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. What I mean by this is, if it sounds like how your OCD usually sounds when it’s talking about an already identified and labeled obsession, then it’s probably your OCD talking. OCD frequently attaches to new topics so recognizing it’s tone is crucial for knowing when it has entered the situation.

✨If it starts with a “what if”, then it’s probably your OCD. What if I stab him? What if I’m a narcissist? What if I cheat on her? What if the lump is cancer? What if I can’t stop thinking about it? See where this is going…

✨If the voice or thought or feeling comes with a sense of urgency and an urge to do something about it RIGHT NOW THIS INSTANT, it’s probably OCD. OCD makes everything feel really important, like a top tier priority. It requires immediate attention, OR ELSE. Your intuition is more like a deep sense of knowing (different from deep sense of fear), or a gentle nudge that pushes you in the right direction.

✨If the thought or voice or feeling is making you question if it’s intuition or OCD, or making you feel like you really need to figure out if its intuition or OCD because IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW, then guess what I’m gonna say. It’s probably OCD. Your intuition isn’t gonna be concerned with OCD. OCD is the only one who’s dead set on 100% certainty and immediate satisfaction.

✨But as we keep hearing along our journeys with OCD, we can’t ever be 100% certain. These guidelines aren’t here to help you land on the answer and be completely sure about your intuition, they are just helpful clues for identifying OCD.

If you’re still unsure (which is totally OK), lean into the uncertainty. Make room for those feelings and let them be there. Remember, just because something FEELS really urgent, doesn’t mean it IS.


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