I tried to judge people that showed this tendency on the scales of merit. After all, the Torah is by its very nature all encompassing. But after a while I saw many people's obsessions with rituals was not coming from Torah, but from psychological defects that manifested themselves in many other ways.
So like Sapolsky I ask, "What does this mean?" Even if there was one case in history of someone considered a tazdik who was merely suffering from some chemical problem, what does this mean?
"Religious leaders tend to be the most fervent and the most accomplished at carrying out the rituals."
If it is real, then there has to be some connection with menschliechkeit human decency. If that connection is not there, that is a sure sign the rituals are coming from a schizo personality.
And since, by and large, the relationship between rituals and human decency is inverse, therefore the majority of ritual-people are coming from either following a schizo personality, or they themselves are schizo.
The Schizo ritual obsessed I think is an evolutionary strategy of nature. It has amazing reproductive advantages. It is the schizoid leaders of the cult that the Gra signed the excommunication on that have the most reproductive success.