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From this month's Scrupulous Anonymous newslette

Posted by Tovah on October 13, 2003, at 13:31:08

In reply to RELIGION OCD - What do you think...., posted by DayByDay on October 7, 2003, at 7:55:44

(((BTW, "Scrupulocity" is another name for reigious OCD)))

"Scrupulocity is a disorder that not only makes a person doubt and live their life filled with anxiety, it is not only a disorder that is manifested by "a thousand frightening fantasies," but it is also a disorder that orients a person towards the exception, the single possiblility that in this one single instance, it "might not be true." Scrupulous people often believe that others are enjoying the abundance of God's grace and blessing, and might even go so far as to recognize God's action at work in their friends and neighbors, but they have a difficult time seeing the same power of God working in their own life. Scrupulous people see themselves as the exception, somehow deprived of what others seem to be so freely given...Acknolwedge the fear and the anxiety but also take the risk to believe that you are not the exception, that you are in fact capable of being loved, and that there is no need to be perfect."

And on another page:

"God receives us just as we are and accepts our prayers just as they are. In the same way that a small child cannot draw a bad picture, so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer."




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