When does something become an obsession?


obsession - Thoughts and reflections. Obsession is a kind of obsession. Obsession is an obsession, an obsessive idea, or notion that can dominate a person. The word obsession comes from the Latin, obsidere, to claim, to occupy, to besiege, to oppress. In psychiatry, e.g. in the ICD-10 and the DSM-V, obsession is a term used to describe obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsession doesn't just have to have a negative connotation: one can also be driven to stand up for it by the obsession of a just society. Many people who have achieved great things have been obsessed with an idea.

Sukadev on dealing with others' obsession

From a lecture by Sukadev Bretz

Some people are obsessive as if they were possessed. You are completely obsessed with an idea and desperately want to achieve it. There are different forms of obsession, one can say there are satiated obsession, rajass obsession and tamassige.

There are people who are obsessed with a positive idea, they want something good for humanity and they want to achieve it, this is like an obsession for them. It can be a good thing when you see someone who is so full of enthusiasm for something and you see there is energy, there is glow, that is his mission, maybe you want to support him. That you might say: Finally someone who is committed to it and if you can help him or her, all the better. It is these people who are obsessed with a good cause that move the world forward.

Then there are people who have such a slightly rascal obsession, that is, an obsession that they like to like, but that doesn't do anything bad or good. For example, people may have an obsession with making their car beautiful or making their garden extra beautiful, or knowing everything about some subject. This is an obsession that fills people somewhere that gives them satisfaction. You respect them and you will often show people appreciation for it and sometimes you can also incorporate their obsession into the communication. When people talk about what is important to them, they suddenly have great joy. In this sense, such an obsession can also be something very helpful, you can be considerate of it.

Of course there are also the Tamass obsessions, where someone is obsessed with a thought that plunges him or others into misery. It would be good to see if you can help people to grow beyond that. Or whether you have to protect others from it, people can be obsessed with harming anyone or bringing out something that doesn't even exist. Sometimes such obsessions are like calling in the police or psychiatry, but in most cases obsessions are either harmless or even helpful, and helpful obsessions may need to be steered in a good direction, to support them, to support them to combine ethical and compassionate behavior and the harmless obsessions of people must be valued, respected and given the opportunity to pursue them.

Obsession in relation to other personality traits

Obsession belongs to the group of personality traits, downsides, vices and virtues. To better understand this character trait, let's relate it to others:

Synonyms Obsession - similar characteristics

Synonyms obsession are for example Obsession, obsession, engulfment .

The synonyms can be divided into two groups, those with a positive connotation and those with a negative connotation:

Synonyms with negative connotation

Synonyms that are commonly interpreted as negative are, for example

Synonyms with positive connotation

Synonyms with a positive connation can help to see an apparently dark side positively. Synonyms with positive connotation are for example

Antonyms obsession - opposites

Antonyms are opposites. Antonyms, i.e. opposites, of Obsession are for example Freedom, carelessness, disdain, neglect . You can also divide the antonyms, the opposites, into those with a positive connotation and those with a negative connotation.

Antonyms with positive connotation

Antonyms, i.e. opposites, to a vice, a shadowy side, a negative personality trait, are commonly interpreted as an opposite pole. These can be cultivated in order to overcome the vice, the dark side. So here are some opposing poles to obsession that have a positive connotation:

Antonyms with negative connotation

The opposite of a shadowy side, a vice, is not always positive. Here are a few examples of antonyms related to obsession, but they are also not seen as beneficial:

Properties in the alphabet before or after

Here are some traits that come before or after Obsession in the alphabet:

Property group

Obsession can be counted under the following two property groups:

Related words

Related words to obsession include the adjective obsessive and the noun obsessive.

Anyone who has obsession is obsessive or an obsessive.

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