June 21 – Obsession vs OCD personalities ….

Urban Dictionary – http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=obsession

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Webster’s Dictionary – http://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/obsession

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Obsessive Compulsive Personality – http://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/obsessive-compulsive%20personality

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What makes people tick?  As people with individual personalities, everyone is different.  We all think our own thoughts.  We all have the right to think uniquely.  So why do some try to convince others to change their thought patterns.  However, if the thoughts are dark and dangerous to oneself, then it is with utmost importance that others should and must step in.  What constitutes the rules?

There is a very good side to the internet and also a very dark side.  I have seen both.  The dark side can totally swallow you up and unfortunately, you may not come out the same way you went in.  We are all vulnerable – young and old alike.  When I hear parents and adults say the words ‘It will never happen to my kids’ or ‘It will never happen to me’, I think we all have to step back and re-examine those words.  Because tragedy can happen to anyone.  No one is immune.  Not even if you live in a bubble.

I had breakfast with Raffi today and he gave me a copy of the book he recently wrote and published.  It is called #lightwebdarkweb and is about the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users.  I have been reading it electronically but now I have a hard copy to make notes from and in.  It can purchased at the following website – http://www.childhonouring.org/lightwebdarkweb.html .  You can also get it through Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.com/Lightweb-Darkweb-Reasons-Reform-Re-Forms/dp/0986644617

Look really closely at the cover of the book and see if you can find the symbol Raffi placed in memory of Amanda.

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I thank Raffi for his kindness and for writing this book.  His words (written, spoken and sung) are all tributes to Amanda and the legacy she has left behind for us to continue working and building upon.  The road ahead is slightly uphill but with big pushes, we can make it.

To Amanda – you have left behind the gift of your legacy.

xoxo  Mom

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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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10 Responses to June 21 – Obsession vs OCD personalities ….

  1. Sue Hindle says:

    What a beautiful symbol in memory of Amanda,, I am going to buy the book now.


  2. Savetheworld says:

    Bravo Raffi! So beautiful xo


  3. Savetheworld says:

    OCD is just another form of mental illness it’s all a brain chemistry imbalance usually hereditary but could be brought on by stress. I personally feel that there are too many very ill people out there (undiagnosed and untreated) for us to be exposing our children to. I don’t think kids under 18 should be allowed on any sites not until the Internet is cleaned up. I look at this picture of this beautiful energetic angelic little child and think why would anyone want to hurt or destroy another person especially a child? Pretty sick. I believe the culprit(s) were probably ripped away from their innocence (abuse of some sort probay sexual) and felt better about themselves by ripping it away from others, children are easy prey and yes Carol it could happen to anyone’s child especially the good kids!!! Theres no other explanation i cannot believe that a normal person would do such things? We need more help for the mentally ill, and even more help for the victims of these sick abusers. the numbers are growing and the statistics are scary. Anyhow our beautiful angel has started a movement! We won’t accept this anymore! Measures must be put in place so that we don’t lose more innocent children. Sending you lots of love and lots of hugs Carol! Hope you have a fabulous time in Vegas! Xo


  4. Andria Drica says:

    Boa Noite Carol !!
    Lendo seu post ,vim aqui hoje estou meio atrasada com a leitura de seu Blog me desculpa …meu pais esta em revolução protestos ..por isto sem muito tempo para vir aqui mas prometo ler tudo com calma e se puder e meu coração me ajudar deixo minha opinião sincera .no momento só tenho que dizer que amo sua força e aprendi muito com tudo que esta acontecendo …com sua luta .beijos!!


    • la Punisher says:

      Translation for Andria:
      Good Night, Carol!
      Reading your post, I came here today I am a little late in reading your blog … I’m sorry my parents in this revolution protests .. so without much time to come here but I promise to read everything calm and my heart and if you can help me leave my honest opinion. currently only have to say that I love his strength and learned a lot with everything that’s going on … with their struggle. kisses!


  5. Hamsi says:

    This is the picture of a child celebrating the fact that she was born…what a cruel irony that she should want to take her lfe a few years later. Time cannot diminish the magnitude of this tragedy, and others like this. Yes, Carol, she has left behind the gift of her legacy. And thanks, Raffi!


  6. Renée B. says:

    I so love this picture of Amanda, she looks so happy and sweet.
    Shame on those who destroyed her soul, I hope they will be found!


  7. merle48 says:

    Wow, what a loaded question this is! I believe an obsession can be normal, So many factors can influence why people develop obsessions. From what I’ve learned, if the behavior impairs (in any way) normal day to day functioning, then it is considered a “disorder” where as it is exhibited in the extreme degree. I believe many, if not all of us have obsessions…and how could we ever be successful without them? Yet, there are dangerous obsessions to oneself, or to others. I think it could come from early years, as any personality is influenced by upbringing and also the outside environment they frequent. Sometimes it’s inborn, and to this day, a hugely debated subject amongst the psychiatric community. There are personality types who feel the need to convince people to do it “their way or no way.” I KNOW one very close to me. I’ve learned (with much practice of self-control) to just “yes” them ad nauseam, because they do not see their behavior as “pushy.” (and quite annoying) Sometimes we just have to ignore these types…they usually don’t view themselves as having a problem…and THAT is the biggest problem! Maybe they feel the need to persuade others to their thinking to thwart off their own insecurities, it probably gives them a “boost” to think they have such control over another’s thoughts. (my theory) One other thing, don’t mix up OCD with OCPD…two different things…the first one is not voluntary, and has high biological implications, (brain structure, genetic, and biochemical.


  8. jag72 says:

    If yours life is meaningless. Why not fill in providing good around you.
    This is my rule of behavior.
    Love and feel love in return brings so much joy to my heart.
    Learn internet youth and elders.
    How their computer it can do things well and avoid the pitfalls.
    Knowing all this is a way to combat pedophilia with their own weapons.


  9. la Punisher says:

    It is Unfortunate that the internet is used for the wrong reasons by people who are out to spread malicious lies and try to ruin other peoples lives, They have no life of their own and in reality should be exterminated not only from the web but from life itself, They are useless, pathetic and brain dead… Scum of the earth, I never did have anything good to say about those slippery, creepy crawly things who take the truth and turn it into lies to fill their empty life and try to make others look worse than themselves, Say’s a lot about their how they were raised… Pathetic

    That pic. of Amanda is so sweet… ‘Making that ‘one gigantic wish’ Hope it came true for her

    Hugz 2U carol .. keep up the good fight, ‘Stay Strong’


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