How can I be absolutely certain……?
You can never be absolutely, one hundred percent, beyond a shadow of a doubt certain.
This futile search for certainty happens because the mind with OCD tends to distrust its own judgment. While some part of you might think, “These thoughts are ridiculous. Of course that won’t happen,” another part of you whispers (or sometimes shouts),”…but what if?” “You never know.”
While it may be true that we can’t be one hundred percent of anything, in reality we can be pretty sure about a lot of things – at least, those things which can get caught up in anxiety, intrusive thoughts and habits as they do for someone with OCD.
We have to be able to tolerate a degree of uncertainty in order to get by in life.
Martin Hsia, Psy.D. is the Clinical Director of CBT SoCal, and specializes in helping people with OCD, Anxiety, and Insomnia in Glendale, CA.