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If you’re pretty sure that it’s going to be cold in the office, you’re likely to throw a sweater in your bag to ward off the chill. It makes sense that those two ideas would be related: if you’re confident about something, it’s natural for your actions to be consistent with what you know.

But for people with obsessive compulsive disorder, that natural relationship isn’t so natural. For them, there’s a disconnect between their understanding of a likely outcome and their eventual action, according to a study published last week in the journal Neuron.

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About two percent of adults in the U.S. have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental illness characterized by the inability to control certain actions. Some people experience the stereotypical manifestations of the disorder—cleaning, counting—but it can also include obsession with a particular thought or idea, or rearranging items in a particular order. (1)

We believe that this disorder is for some people only.

But who lives not based on his or her obsessions?

We are all obsessed with life.

And we live as if though there is no death.

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Isn’t this “compulsive disorder” on a magnified scale?

And even those people who like to think of them as “spiritual”, live their lives as if there is no body.

Isn’t this “compulsive disorder” as well?

It takes a real man (or woman) to just accept things and live life as it is: A union of matter and the spirit. A place where the opposites become one. A place where man and woman come together and the matter is enlightened with the immaterial spirit. A place where everything is created out of nothing. The cosmos of dasein and meaningfulness. A universe full of meaning and light. A place full of darkness and sorrow, as well as unlimited joy and love.

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Yes, it will be cold at work.

Throw a sweater in the bag.

And perhaps you just forget to wear it.

Just to enjoy the morning cold in the office…

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