"Being obsessive-compulsive" is a Manipulation gist, so hopefully it's right!
What I don't understand about the definition of Contemplation is "present considerations." Isn't considering something about weighing potential future consequences?
That sounds right.
The most difficult lesson of all! I struggle with putting faith in unknown outcomes, so I wrote an MC struggling with the same thing, and that's why the story ends with a small step in the right direction rather than a cure. He wants a quick fix like I or anyone would, but will fail to get one since that's not how these things work.
It's good to know that an imperfect storyform doesn't mean a story is ruined.
If I choose my MC throughline, I get:
Domain: Manipulation (Being obsessive-compulsive)
Concern: Changing One's Nature (Becoming a citizen, a loved one, someone better)
Issue: Responsibility (Blames himself for things he shouldn't, like it's his responsibility to protect everyone. Also avoids positions of responsibility for fear of messing up. If he wants to become a productive member of society and try new things, he needs to take responsibility when appropriate.) Interesting how both presence and lack of responsibilities causes him trouble.
Counterpoint: Commitment (Needs to commit to trying new things even if he might fail. Works hand in hand with healthy forms of Responsibility. Needs to stop committing to letting obsessions control him)
If Commitment and Responsibility are supposed to be compared, I don't know which "wins" since it depends on context since there are good and bad aspects to both. In my story about taking healthy risks, I'd say that Commitment comes out a little ahead. Is MC Issue about what I think or what MC thinks?
I'm not sure how to sort Problem and Symptom, especially since it affects OS and RS domains and the quad of Elements are so closely related. It's hard to figure out since his Temptation is to act on his hyperactive Conscience (so which element is the problem?)-- to give in to the compulsion is a quick fix that only temporarily relieves anxiety, but makes it worse, sensitizing the brain to keep fearing it. Maybe figuring which is which hinges on, as the program says, a belief in whether or not there will be negative consequences. I could go with:
Problem: Conscience ("I don't want to do X, but if I don't, Z might die and I don't want that!")
Solution: Temptation ("I don't want to do X, so... I'll try abstaining from that")
Symptom: Uncontrolled ("The world is out of control and dangerous"-- is that a legit interpretation of Uncontrolled? and "My anxiety is rampant and I've got to do something to stop it!")
Response: Control ("I must try to control outcomes as much as I can to make the world safer and stop my anxiety"-- so, "I must do X to make sure Z doesn't die." MC is Change, so this doesn't solve problems)
OR I can reverse them:
Problem: Temptation ("I want anxiety go away fast, so I'll act on this unpleasant compulsion. What harm will that do?" Later, he realizes that the problem was that giving in wasn't as harmless as he thought and had the negative consequence of strengthening his fears)
Solution: Conscience (I need to abstain from my compulsions because giving in will make my fears worse)
Either of those gives me:
Growth: Start (I was thinking he must Stop acting on compulsions, but I guess he could Start doing things despite fears)
OS: Future (the characters are interested in particular futures for themselves)
RS: Innermost Desires
I could make control the problem instead
Problem: Control (being controlling-- expressed by preventing, avoiding, seeking certainty)
Solution: Uncontrolled (the world can't be controlled, so let go of need to control fate)
Symptom: Conscience (because I want to control everything, conscience says to do X or else!-- not sure how much he thinks of his conscience as his problem, thus, a Symptom, or necessary evil.)
Response: Temptation ("If I act on compulsion and do X, it'll make my anxiety go away"-- unaware that giving in will reinforce anxiety.)
That gives me:
Growth: Stop - (stop giving in to compulsions, let control go)
OS: Innermost Desires - They've gotten into some ruts, but maybe their fixed attitudes are what keeps them stuck
RS: Future - They conflict over what they think will happen, or is that too much MC vs. IC? They are both concerned with their futures, but I can't help but think of individual concerns.