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OCD about Knowing/Remembering Things


This may sound weird, but I have realized that I have an obsession with knowing things. I know it is normal to want to learn about things, but I have a fear of someone asking me something and me not being able to answer them. I feel I may look incompetent and seem like less of a person if I don't know things. I guess it stems from me being a perfectionist. I can be in the middle of something and all of a sudden get a thought about wanting to know how something works or if I hear people talking about something and if I don't know what a certain word or statement they make means I do not feel at rest until I know. The thing is that I know there is no way for me to know everything and I am not a genius, so it is impossible for me to remember a whole lot. I get frustrated with myself if someone is talking about something or I read something and realize I do not remember what it means after I have previously learned about it. Also, if in conversation I am asked what something means I get frustrated because I do not always know how to explain things well.

I know this seems trivial to what other problems that there are in life, but just wondered if anyone else deals with it?
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Yes. I browse Wikipedia for no less than 5 hours a day.
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Yes. I'm obsessed with remembering everything I learn and I freak out for days if I couldn't answer a question somebody asked me. I'm also terrified of people asking me something that I've learnt about but I can't quite remember because I'm scared they'll think I'm dumb. I pretty much spend all my spare time studying because of it... not that I mind that much it's good to know things just the obsession with perfection that's bad for me.
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Yes. I'm obsessed with remembering everything I learn and I freak out for days if I couldn't answer a question somebody asked me. I'm also terrified of people asking me something that I've learnt about but I can't quite remember because I'm scared they'll think I'm dumb. I pretty much spend all my spare time studying because of it... not that I mind that much it's good to know things just the obsession with perfection that's bad for me.
Yea I know what you mean. I just wish I were a genius and could remember everything.lol
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Yes. I browse Wikipedia for no less than 5 hours a day.
My favorite sites right now are howstuffworks.com, wikipedia, and tons of computer tech forums and articles ( My job is with computers ).

My mind is constantly thinking of what to know next, even when I go to bed at night I think of things to remember.
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