How can I get over my MBP OCD?

mtthwcmn1

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I check my macbook Pro every day for an hour around every square inch of the machine to make sure it is perfect and has no blemishes. I haven't so much as let it leave my desk because I am worried about scratching it. I keep thinking something is wrong with the machine even though I check it every day consistently. Does anyone else have this problem?
 

Nlynn527

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Not quite that bad. But I do kind of obsessively clean my MBP and iMac. But then again I'm a neat freak and I clean everything.
 

dyn

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Sounds like a general problem in that case. I'd second what simsaladimbamba says: it is wiser to go see a doctor. They have better knowledge about these kind of things than the average internet user imo.
 

motoleo

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If I did have a Mac, I'd be doing what you'd be doing. Funny thing is, it just so happens that when you're too protective over it- you end up causing the scratch yourself.

 

squeakr

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Please don't call it OCD, call it anxiety. My uncle has OCD...
If the OP is checking it consistently without reason for concern, that is OCD. The unnecessary compulsion to do something repeatedly and consistently is OCD, although I would consider this a very mild case that should be easily broken.


The definition of OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).
 

maflynn

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I check my macbook Pro every day for an hour around every square inch of the machine to make sure it is perfect and has no blemishes. I haven't so much as let it leave my desk because I am worried about scratching it. I keep thinking something is wrong with the machine even though I check it every day consistently. Does anyone else have this problem?
Just relax and realize that it is just a machine. I baby my laptop, but I also understand its just a tool.
 

Eddyisgreat

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You'll get over it don't worry. When I first got mine I had the speck hard case, keyboard cover and moshi palm guard. One day I peeled all that stuff off, scratched the top with a coin, and i've been living wild ever since.
 

Maven1975

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I hear putting colored tape on the laptop in annoying places helps. Forcing yourself to leave it there should be very hard if you truly have anxiety/OCD.
 

mac jones

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I'm curious, do you have these symptoms for other things, or is it one thing at a time?

In other words, it's possible to have OCD for single objects rather than multiple objects concurrently, but you will have had these symptoms for an object previously, and will again obsess with others in time.

Anyway, we all have this malady to some extent, but if it causes discomfort it needs to be addressed.

(as if I know what i'm talking about)

Dern nice laptops though :D
 

thundersteele

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Obsessive compulsive disorder is a complex medical condition that can and should only be diagnosed by a doctor or other trained medical personnel.

As simsa said, if you suffer from OCD symptoms in general, you should go and see a doctor.

If it is just related to your MBP, then you should probably sell it... maybe buy a used one, or a cheaper laptop from a different brand, or a Mac mini.
 

trlyka

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I check my macbook Pro every day for an hour around every square inch of the machine to make sure it is perfect and has no blemishes. I haven't so much as let it leave my desk because I am worried about scratching it. I keep thinking something is wrong with the machine even though I check it every day consistently. Does anyone else have this problem?
An hour every day? You said you don't move the laptop, so what do you think could possibly happen when it's just sitting there not being used or moved?

As others have stated, it sounds like a common OCD/OCPD condition. But no one here can determine that. You need a doctors diagnosis.

No, it's not normal to check your laptop for that long. Maybe a glance every so often IF you move it around the house or carry it with you.
 

that1guyy

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Lol I wonder what would happen if your mom/sister/dog/whatever dropped or scratched it. I would not want to be that person.
 

warvanov

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Put a small scratch on it, deliberately, on the bottom side. Nobody will ever notice it, but the fact that it's already scratched will relieve your anxiety about other, inevitable, future blemishes.
 

alphaod

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Create a scratch on your computer. You won't be checking it all over anymore. You'll just see the scratch and know your computer isn't perfect anymore. :p
 

maflynn

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Put a small scratch on it, deliberately,
I think that's the worst advise as the OP will be full of anxiety about the scratch. Heck, I would be.

I'd not recommend damaging/defacing your computer on purpose, doesn't matter if its a location where only you can see it. You'll no its there, plus there's more healthy ways to dealing with this issue instead of scratching your computer