I’m looking for a good clinical definition of someone who has 1001 rules that s/he is convinced must be followed. A DSM-like diagnosis would be great. I have come across people with this trait and quite often their family history is one where a parent (or the person her/himself) were career government workers (e.g., military, post office, public education). My best descriptions that I could come up with were ‘bureaucratic’, ‘dogmatic’, ‘perfectionistic’, ‘rigid’. A DSM-like diagnosis that comes to mind would be OCD but that doesn’t seem quite right (or maybe I’m wrong here). I was hoping to find something more concise and complete.

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    $\begingroup$ People who have rules of conduct are not necessarily suffering poor mental health and therefore they would not be diagnosed with anything purely on this basis. Not all psychological phenomena needs a specific term in psychology other than the general term already applied. With looking for psychological/medical terms for everything there can be a risk of over-pathologising $\endgroup$ Jul 31 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ What other diagnostic criteria would you say these people are presenting? What reading have you done surrounding strict rules of conduct and mental health? $\endgroup$ Jul 31 at 7:19
  • $\begingroup$ Other behavior would be ‘easy to anger’, ‘easily frustrated’, ‘upset when her/his rules are not followed by others’, dominates a relationship. $\endgroup$
    – tale852150
    Jul 31 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ I am not suggesting that these people are mentally disturbed because they have rules of conduct. It is the inordinate amount of rules and the (almost) blind obedience to them that are of greater concern. $\endgroup$
    – tale852150
    Jul 31 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ I have read Albert Ellis’s books where REBT is discussed as a method to eradicate perfectionism. $\endgroup$
    – tale852150
    Jul 31 at 8:24

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