If you are following this blog, you likely do not have this problem, but to be on the safe side, go through this checklist:
- You are successful in your career
- If you go to school, you are an inquisitive and efficient learner
- You have a good relationship with your family
- You live in a harmonic relationship with your partner
- You are nice to others
- People like you
- You never use inappropriate speech and always act gracefully
- You dress neatly
- You have kids and a full-time job and pursue academic studies, yet there are no dark circles under your eyes
- You are well organized, your house is clean and orderly and you know where all of your important documents are
- You handle money and other resources responsibly
Can you respond to more than six of these affirmations with “this applies to me”? If so, you suffer from a lesser or greater degree of Hyperfunctionality Disorder. Now answer the following:
- You are hot
If this applies to you on top of the common symptoms of Hyperfunctionality Disorder, you are not human…
Alright, so why am I writing an article on a disorder that does not appear in the DSM, for I made it up, and posting it on a blog about mental health? Because what society expects us to be ideally is abnormally perfect, and this expectation is driving many into despair and mental illness. Therefore, I suggest that it is a disorder in its own right. Yes, you do sometimes get people who glide through life with an almost spooky smoothness, but it is important to note it is not the rule, thus it is not normal. If you are not like that, there is nothing wrong with you! It merely means you are not fully and completely adapted to the ideals society promotes, and that is not necessarily a bad thing! Who ever said the societies we humans construct are healthy? I even believe it is an advantage to have a few bumps in your road and some edges to your personality, because they give you a chance to grow and enrich your life experience in ways no one could have foreseen for you.
So, the next time you come face to face with someone who shows signs of Hyperfunctionality Disorder, let them be. No need to get suspicious, or envious, or hateful. It is a natural, yet toxic impulse to feel any of these in the presence of people who unintentionally rub our own imperfection in our faces by being so relentlessly functional. And maybe they really are not that immaculate. Let’s admit it: we’re relieved every time we find someone seemingly flawless has a skeleton in their closet, too. It makes us feel a little better not to be the only deficient specimens around. And truth be said, you can never know what exactly is going on behind the façade. Of course you see your own weak spots with more clarity than those of a colleague, a fellow student or a neighbor. Even friends and relatives can have an inner life they never disclose to you. Still waters can run very, very deep.
But whether others are perfect or not should not even be your concern. You need to appreciate your own qualities, even the “negative” ones, because they nourish you through what you make of them. They all are energy sources you can use to move forward! Still more: you can be a gift to others because you, in your own, special way of being, contribute to the amazing variety of human existence. My message to you is: if you do not test positive for Hyperfunctionality Disorder, be glad, not worried! You have a challenging and unique path before you. Embrace it!