We Asked An Expert What The Deal Is Behind Our Weird Habits And Quirks
One, two, buckle my shoe.
Australian cricket superstar Ellyse Perry sparked debate yesterday after revealing she hates odd numbers.
In fact, she hates them so that she can't even stand having the TV volume on an uneven number.
There's a name for that phobia -- it's called imparnumerophobia.
But what about all those other quirky things us humans do? Like Jess, our entertainment reporter, who has to "tap things five times".
We're not talking about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or OCD) -- which is a serious and real mental illness affecting close to three percent of Australians, according to beyondblue.
We're talking about those weird little rituals we all do that don't really impact our lives -- but still make us feel just that little bit better when we do them.
Here are some of our favorites:
"I 'pat down' a piece of toast before I put anything on it." - Alex
"I always tell my cat "I love you" when I leave the house." - Claire
"I announce 'off!" whenever I blow out a candle -- just to be sure." - Mel
"I double tap my home alarm panel cover after I turn it on. I have been known to walk back from the car to do it if I have forgotten." - Jessica
"If I'm walking with someone and there's a telegraph pole, we both have to go around it on the same side" - Alex A
"I lock my car twice." - Jasmine
Anyway, you get the point.
So what is behind it all? Well, according to Lsyn psychologist, Noosha Anzab, quirky habits are actually pretty endearing parts of our personality.
"The difference between OCD and habits is huge," she told 10 daily.
"Habits are usually what we refer to when we are talking about a tendency we have that doesn’t impede on our function or mental health at all".
Anzab went on to say that those quirks are just "habitual parts of our personalities".
"Just because we like items lined up in our cupboard a certain way, or have a specific bedtime routine, or like our TV volume set on even numbers only doesn’t mean we have OCD," she explained.
"It means we like certain things a particular way and we can complete these habits voluntarily. We aren’t bound by them and they don’t paralyse us. More than likely, we are also pretty comfortable with sharing and displaying this part of ourselves -- even if it’s full of endearing or annoying little habits."
And if you're worried about people giggling at you when you go to tap that light switch for the fourth time in a row, Anzab advises us to just shake it off.
"Try not to worry about them and distinguish these attributes as being unique to who you are," she said.
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