In practice, scrupulosity looks like having rules for everything, and feeling intense distress if they are not followed. Many decisions or actions are over-moralized, and there is a “right” way that things must be done.
From the Babylon Bee: Man Taken Up Into Heaven After Stopping Gas Pump Exactly On The ‘.00’:
A local man has been taken up directly to heaven after managing to miraculously stop a gas pump exactly on the “.00” while filling up his car, sources say.
Cue rueful chuckle with a tinge of sorrow.
As I have experienced, learned, and shared about mental health, I have become convinced of two truths that are extensions of the same idea—mental illnesses exaggerate. On the one hand, mental illnesses blow things way out of proportion. And on the other hand, we all experience a degree of most mental illnesses—the diagnosable forms are merely natural responses carried too far, or activated in the wrong setting.
I received Brené Brown’s newest book, Atlas of the Heart, as a Christmas gift, and have been savoring it. Today I read the section on The Relationship Between Compassion and Empathy was moved. I wanted to share a portion.