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The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- John D Rockefeller the Standard Oil magnate who by the time of his death in 1937 was probably worth close to a billion dollars is perhaps one of the best historical examples of an obsessive-compulsive An obsessive-compulsive is one who is driven to an act or acts generally being asocial by his own fixations but by nature of his peculiar psyche must balance these actions with others more socially acceptable There are abundant examples of Rockefellers deeds fitting these clinical characteristics and John D Rockefeller is today generally regarded as an obsessive-compulsive The roots of this disorder are traceable back to his childhood While much of Rockefellers business history remains a mystery today it is apparent that much of his success is attributable to his obsessive-compulsive disorder Franz Alexander and Louis B Shapiros description of the obsessive-compulsive disorder from their book Neuroses Behavior Disorders and Perversions is a frequently used summary of the commonly agreed-upon characteristics It states Full blown cases of obsessive-compulsive states present a dynamic equilibrium in which obsessive preoccupation with ego-alien fantasies are precariously balanced by rituals representing an exaggeration of social standards such as cleanliness punctuality consideration for others The dynamic formula is similar to bookkeeping in which on the one side of ledger are the asocial tendencies which the patient tries to balance precisely on the other side with moralistic and social attitudes Every asocial move must be undone by an opposing one The term ego-alien refers to thoughts emotions or material which are consciously detestable to the patient though not he may not necessarily be conscious of the reason This summary is important and we will return to it later Rockefeller was born in 1839 and raised
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