Having been on this forum for a while, I have a
proposal. Let’s start a new acronym for
that tendency many of us have to organize, complete, evaluate, curate,
overspend and generally get all weird about our LEGO. This would replace the phrase “my OCD” with “my
FMA.” Of course Mathom is a nod to
Tolkien, but I would say LEGO are closer to the Old English definition, rather
than the Hobbit understanding.
You see, OCD is not a simple little inclination to be particular about elements of a hobby, or conflicted over buying another set, but a serious debilitating mental illness. Remember the “D” stands for Disorder, not placement on a scale from slob to neat-freak.
As a small step in a positive direction, I thought the members of this forum might enjoy starting an alternative designation. AFOLs are a pretty awesome bunch on the whole.
Don’t know if this will move to “Off Topic”, but OCD gets thrown out there a lot in “Collecting”
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However I don’t think the acronym would work as Mathom is not a commonly used (or therein well known) word.
I’d suggest coming up with something a bit easier to figure out from context - personally if I see the term FMA I read it as Full Metal Alchemist (as an anime fan) so in context of LEGO collecting terminology I’d have no clue what was meant.
something like FCO for Fussy Collection Organiser would be better as the meaning might be easier guessed as it used all common words.
I think people can have OCD thoughts without having the disorder. People can be OCD about Lego but not in the rest of their life. So I am not sure the term is even used that incorrectly.
OCD isn't like a light switch, its not either on or off, you have it or you don't. Everyone has some level of OCD and for most people its not a problem but to some people it is. And even within people with "real" OCD there are different levels and different problems.
Honestly I do think that us AFOL are more OCD than average and therefor I am sure there will be a few people on the forum that have to be watchful of their OCD. But I am not sure using the term less helps them and it just makes it seem like a bigger deal if you do suffer from the condition.
Just my thoughts, other people with OCD might feel the complete opposite.
Not particularly known for liking Lego
It's a really large, radioactive moth. Of course it is fuzzy.
(the fact I googled it first is besides the point)
So, if we were to adopt an acronym, I would suggest something including the word "compulsive", but avoid "disorder" for certian, and for preference also omit "fussy", although that's just because I don't like the word. I like "mathom", because it does acknowledge that the focus of our compulsions is, in the end, just stuff, which might also help promote a healthy attitude towards collecting; but I do get the point that it's a rather obscure word. I would suggest something like "Compulsive Collecting", or CC. Possibly add a third word?
Or just leave it as CC and let the SW collectors trading rumours over that upcoming UCS have fits.
AR is probably accurate for most of us.
To be honest I would be all for channelling our energies towards normalising AFOLs rather than to suggest our own new designations. There are far too many labels and groups applied to everything already nowadays.