Have you ever observed the habits of another person that appear to defy logic? Chances are these habits are unconscious in nature, and chances are you too have some logic defying behaviour patterns of your own.
Do you engage in rituals that short-circuit the need to think and alleviate grief or reduce your anxiety? Your ritual may even boost your confidence.
Tennis player Rafael Nadal is quite possibly the best known for this. He carefully lines up his water bottles, faces the labels in one direction and routinely touches his shoulders, nose and shorts between each point. The outcome is usually one of defeat for his opponent.
So when does a habit, ritual or routine become problematic?
When you feel significant emotional distress;
When your behaviour interferes with your life in such a way that it impairs your social, occupational or other important area of functioning.
Hence, if your habit and emotional reactivity is effective (even if somewhat illogical) then you have little to fear. However, if your behaviour is compulsive, obsessive, completely irrational and hugely problematic, as mentioned above, then you might like to seek professional assistance.

Postscript: OCD is a colloquial expression for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but more recently has been loosely used to describe a person’s quirky behaviour. Remember, if your habits and rituals are working for you then smile with the knowledge that not everything needs to be logical. ❐