Okay, I’m going to assume that y’all are vaguely familar with Feng Shui, and a fair sampling of the silly books about it that are out right now. I just finished “Feng Shui Dos and Taboos,” and the only thing I can think is that this is just a PRIMER FOR OCD. There are lucky and unlucky directions, placement of every imaginable item in your home and garden, numbers (which is really a giveaway, I think!), colors, flowers, trees, plants, animals, etc. Yes, I know; it has a long and venerable tradition and all that, but honestly, who else thinks it’s being perpetuated by people with OCD and LOTS of denial??
Of course, the entire reason I read this book in the first place was because it’s a key part of my exposure and response prevention therapy. Basically, I took notes on everything you’re NOT supposed to do, and one by one, I’m going to do all those things. Pictures of dragons in the bedroom, the bed facing the door, bathroom doors left open, a willow tree planted in the backyard, etc. But I’m doing it because a big part of my OCD is magical thinking-- authors of books like this are trying to frighten people into doing these things because otherwise something awful is going to happen!! Well, that’s OCD thinking in a nutshell. It’s like they want others to get it. If someone already had a predisposition towards OCD anyway, doing Feng Shui could be enough to trigger it, IMHO. I think it’s really kind of awful.
But, maybe not. I’m far from an unbiased observer. What do y’all think?