Bristol man Jim Shaw, 46, thinks he has successfully fought off a powerful compulsion to join a political party.
Mr Shaw explained that several weeks ago he was gripped by a growing desire to join the Labour party and on several occasions got so far as completing an online membership form.
'I pulled back at the last minute because my wife came into the room,' he said.
But a few days later Mr Shaw says he was 'at it again' - this time about to join the Conservative party. He was dissuaded only when by chance he came across a photo of Sir Norman Tebbit.
'It shook me,I can tell you.' he said.
Mr Shaw says he recognized he had a serious problem when he found himself browsing the UKIP site and he confessed everything to his wife.
Expert on the compulsion to join a political party Dr Jean Reichman said she'd thought the compulsion had been eliminated.
'Since David Cameron became leader, Conservative party membership has halved, but the sad case of Mr Shaw shows we still have a long way to go.'
It is believed that the drama and colour of the party conference season can trigger the compulsion to join.
'The conference is seen as anything from a Wagnerian drama to a Wallace and Gromit episode,' Dr Reichman said. 'The possibility of catching a glimpse of George Osborne across a crowded meeting room, getting an unexpected cuddle from Eric Pickles, a chance to shag the Home Secretary, can do it.
'Oddly, though, no one seems to want to join the Lib Dems.'
She added that she had advised Mr Shaw to get a life.
'The last time I saw him he was looking for a Get a Life party to join,' Dr Reichman said.