Obsessing About What Is Unimportant

As it has in so many Decembers past, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has festooned the canopy above the Holland Tunnel’s New Jersey tollbooth plaza with holiday wreaths. ...
Cory Windelspecht, 38, said that seeing the tree covering the N instead of that adjacent A bugged him for years. ...
So this year, he decided to take action, posting photos and videos of the sign on social media. As his posts were viewed and shared, he also decided to launch a petition on Change.org asking for the Christmas tree to be moved over the A.

By Wednesday night, more than 1,500 people had signed it, and many more had commented about it on social media. ...
In the petition, Mr. Windelspecht said that he believed that ill fit was a trigger for “anyone with the slightest hint” of obsessive-compulsive disorder. (He said in an interview on Wednesday that he struggled with the disorder as a child.)

Dean McKay, a professor of psychology at Fordham University who researches obsessive-compulsive disorder, said that the sign could be a possible trigger for those who struggle with order and symmetry.

“This seems to be largely about the problem with orderliness, and the tree over the N creates a sense of disorder, in addition to the wreath over the U,” he said. “I can understand that there are some people who would have their symptoms activated by that.”
But moving the tree as the petition proposes could also cause problems for some who suffer from O.C.D., he said. The uneven spacing that would be caused by the tree moving to the A could create a “disequilibrium” that could also disturb some with the disorder.
- Michael Gold, [https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/nyregion/holland-tunnel-decorations-christmas-tree.html|Does This Look Right to You? HOLLA

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