Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

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A psychological disorder characterized by the pervasive pattern of inflexible perfectionism that begins in early adulthood


Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is a psychological disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of inflexible perfectionism. It is said to begin by early adulthood. The following symptoms of this personality disorder are as follows:

  • an unattainable perfectionism with overly strict standards which often make it impossible to complete a task
  • preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or scheduling to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost
  • unreasonable insistence that others submit to exactly his or her way of doing things
  • an unnecessary, excessive devotion to work and productivity to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships
  • rumination to the point of indecisiveness
  • over-conscientiousness about matters of morality, ethics, or values
  • restricted expression of affection
  • lack of generosity in giving time, money, or gifts when no personal gain is likely to result
  • an inability to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is different from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The latter is a disorder of an individual that feels the need to check things or perform certain routines repeatedly.

Abbreviation / Acronym: OCPD


  • obsessional neurosis
  • anankastic personality disorder