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"Scrupulous" -- it's the kind of word that brings to mind fresh-scrubbed, squeaky-clean, and moral uprightness. Generally positive thoughts, no? Well, like many things in the world we now inhabit, scrupulous has its dark side, and in Jennifer Traig's compulsively readable memoir, she describes how her own "scrupulosity" nearly derails her life.
Traig's condition is perhaps best defined as a "hyper-religious form of OCD," which blossoms in adolescence and plagues her through her teens. Sometimes referred to as the "Doubting Disease," scrupulosity causes her to question everything in truly inordinate detail. "Will I go to hell if I watch HBO?…What is the Biblical position on organic produce?…Everywhere I looked, there was dirt and death, contamination and sin and wrongness."
Unfortunately for Traig, her struggle began over 20 years ago, when sufferers of OCD were rarely properly diagnosed or treated. Further, her long-suffering family offered little assistance (other than good humor) as she struggled to obey the Old Testament laws she saw as mandatory. Her overwhelming fear of getting things wrong just might have sent Traig completely around the bend if it hadn't been for her ability to see things in a comical light until she got over her need to get things exactly right. With the exception of her memoir, which (you guessed it) she nails. (Holiday 2004 Selection)