The relation between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and IQ (009-111)
Psychological research has shown that individuals diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder have higher IQ scores. Obsession can be described as an anxiety disorder.
When a person who is already anxious is in a situation that is unfamiliar to him or her, the person will become fearful and the anxiety they have will increase; they will usually want to escape this unfamiliar situation immediately back to one familiar to them. This cycle is what we call obsessive: begins with an obsessive thought, then an compulsive act to eliminate it, followed by refining it in order to escape this unpleasant feeling. This process is repeated over and over during fearful situations.
This cycle has a direct relation with the person’s individual intelligence. Obsessive people are those who can think badly of various life aspects that most other people define as perfectly normal. For example, a person who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder is able to create mental models of unique complexity. The complexity of these mental models are situations in which most other people do not or cannot imagine on their own.
Another example, a person with this disorder may think of tap water in a certain way in his mind. In his eyes, he will look at the tap water from various angles to see if the water may be dirty or undrinkable. His mental models have more complexity in relation to tap water in general, which again points to the higher IQ of these individuals. However, being more intelligent is a delightful consequence …
Translated by Mr Jeremy Perez