This is one of the more minor things I struggle with, but my obsessions tend to revolve around religion, and it started in childhood with thinking random and completely harmless behaviors were sinful. I overcame that, but it reemerged in my brief journey into Catholicism which was also precipitated by obsessions.
From time to time when I have become particularly obsessed I’ve tried returning to Catholicism, and it has always been a disaster, but I think I have finally overcome that particular problem since I have been informed during confession that I have fallen under a sentence of automatic excommunication. I don’t really want to go back after that, though I respect that particular community’s desire to guard its boundaries.
Most of my obsessions have revolved around saying prayers correctly or obsessing over the PERFECT way to pray or perform a ritual. Thankfully there is a Christian tradition I learned of from Eastern Orthodox friends that no matter how badly one said a prayer, one should not repeat it, and something about being given a rule like that has helped a great deal.
At other times I’ve had theological obsessions that, once the obsessions passed, I realized were quite irrelevant to me and do not bother me in a normal state of mind.
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