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Perhaps OCD makes for good detective material. Sort of putting your thoughts into compartments and seeing things differently than others? I know nothing about the medical diagnosis of OCD, I'm just working from Monk here. :) By the way, my DH is quite Monkish, though he can be talked out of a lot of it. I have sorting/organizing issues, don't like to leave my house and would prefer not to shake hands, but I'm not a genius, nor rich enough to get away with it. That, in my opinion influences the diagnosis. Can you pay for your eccentricities? Are you celebrity enough for people to want to ignore them? Are you fairly harmless to yourself and others?
Wolfe gets away with it because he's usually right and others need him, so they have to put up with it.
I don't think I agree with the obsessive compulsive diagnosis; I prefer your "civilized person in an uncivilized world" description. I am taken by Wolfe's description of his past life as a "government agent" from Too Many Cooks, and had always assumed that his behavior was (1) a rejection of the chaos he was forced to endure in that role; and (2) an embittered soul coping with the realities of a tortured world political and social climate.
Edit: I have had second thoughts on "embittered"; it implies a failure of character. I am more inclined to alienated or estranged.
That is beautifully put, cogitno.
To be serious, I wouldn't say Wolfe has OCD either. To me, his quirks don't rule his life. He is able to leave the house, shake hands or break his schedule; he just doesn't want to.
Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiver
maybe , he's INTJ or INTP - an intuitive thinker. See Keirsey's "Please Understand Me."
A lot of Wolfe's personality characteristics are listed in these descriptions. You can also find groups on LT and the web. In particular, Keirsey lists an INTJ as a Mastermind, and an INTP as an Architect. Both strategize and work with mental systems. Both have deep concentration, and both would rather work alone.
As a teacher I'm dealing with more and more students who have been diagnosed with Ausperger's Syndrome and I agree with saxhorn that Wolfe doesn't fit in that category -- he is able to both think and speak on a metaphorical level that many of my students are unable to understand.
I concur with cogitno that if Wolfe is agoraphobic it is more of a reaction to his past life and current ability to shut out those aspects of the world he no longer enjoys.
And bottom line -- MrsLee and ostrom are right in that Wolfe's material success allows him to insulate himself from the rules that we mere mortals must too often comply with.
BTW, add my plaudits to AdonisGuilfoyle's -- what a great description of Archie's approach to life, ostrom!
edited to add the final sentence.