Friday, April 14, 2006

Open Door Policy

As you can see, I’ve been away from blogging for months. Every day, something will happen and I think, I should really blog about that.

And then I don’t.

I think the key is going to be trying to write shorter entries. We’ll see if that works.

Anyway: today’s topic is, Why Am I Always Leaving Cabinet Doors Open?

This is a strange habit that I have – I don’t think it’s some form of OCD (like, I must open all the doors three times or else) because it seems to be completely unconscious. I had never really noticed that I did it until my senior year of college. I was sharing an apartment with my friend Kari; the kitchen was huge, and had a long row of cabinets above an endless counter that went around two sides of the room (the only time I can ever say I had too much room in a kitchen.) I was puttering around or cooking something, when Kari finally piped up: “WHY is every door open?” I looked up, and sure enough, they were all open. I didn’t remember opening them. It was like the scene in The Sixth Sense when all the doors are open, and Toni Collette timidly asks, “Did you want something ...?”

I try to remember to close them. But no matter where I am, I turn around, and all the doors have been left open. Why?

(Note: this doesn’t seem to be the case with actual doors, only with cabinet and closet doors.)

Armchair psychologists, start your engines!


Blogger David said...

If you armchair psychologists want to cure him of never turning off the lights, I would appreciate that, too.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm... because you seek openness and light in your life. barb

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I, too, am a never-close-the-cabinent-doors/don't-turn-off-the-lights/avoid-taking-out-the-trash person. I think it's because once you close the cupboard doors, you're officially done in the kitchen, and then you move to another room and you turn off the lights and you're officially done there, and then you take out the trash and that's finished and pretty soon, you're dead. By leaving the cupboard doors open and lights on, you are making an unconcious bid for immortality.

You wouldn't want to thwart that, would you, David?

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jason Rohrblogger said...

I never ake my bed, either.

4:37 AM  
Blogger David said...

Katie: Only if I don't get to be immortal, too. He would be awfully lonely living for millions of years without me, so it would be for his own good.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Happy birthday! And welcome back.

My sister can't sleep if the cupboard door in her room is open - it creeps her out. A week with her would fix you. (Assuming of course that (a) it can be fixed and (b) you want to be fixed.)

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. I do this all the time and it drives my husband crazy. I blame it on my ADD. Do you always feel in a rush? Are you always forgetting things? Always late? Loose things all the time? Do you have impulsivity to do things others think are crazy or irrational....Well then my dear you may be an ADD adult.

7:06 PM  
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Anonymous Nisha said...

I didn't realize that I left cupboard doors open all the time as well.. until after I got married and my husband pointed it out to me. Here is how I understand my experience. Living/growing up at home with my parents and some abusive siblings I used to be a night owl and puttered around in the kitchen and made food and cleaned up late into the night. I think I remember several times when I must have banged the cupboard doors and someone woke up, came down and gave me shit. Back then I would very consciously not bang the cupboards so that I wouldn't get anyone angry with me. Later it became a very deep subconscious act to avoid my family's wrath. I do Energy Healing work and I understood it when I was interviewing a client for a case study and I was at her house and she had her cupboard doors all open.. when I asked about it she said.. that her mother was a nurse and worked night shift and banging cupboard doors always woke her up and she would come down and beat the crap out of her. So there you go. If this is also your reason.. Healing this belief would be as simple as telling yourself (in meditation) that it was okay to close cupboard doors and no one would wake up or be bothered or angry.

11:12 AM  
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Blogger Liladult said...

I just had to google this and came to this group...I leave all cabinet doors open and always late and very messy even though I clean all day. And I'm constantly feeling over whelmed and I have been diagnosed with adult add and take meds bit still feel like it's not enough.

6:33 PM  

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