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Peter D. Kramer, M.D., is an American psychiatrist, former Marshall Scholar and faculty member of Brown Medical School specializing in the area of depression. He considers depression to be a serious illness with tangible ...

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To be neat in a culture that prizes neatness may bespeak a very different, less aberrant biological state than the same behavior in a culture that has adopted different values. Whether a particular behavioral style like perfectionism is deviant is very much a matter of cultural expections.

Some characteristics of compulsiveness are…virtues. Sociologists have speculated that compulsiveness in the human species survived because it was a competitive advantage our ancestors' tribes to contain one or two members who were responsible and vigilant in the extreme.