Obsession

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2011. "Obsession." Southerton, Dale (ed.) Encyclopedia of consumer culture. Thousand Oaks, CA. United States. SAGE Publications Ltd. pp. 1056-1057
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Obsession

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3172
Book TitleEncyclopedia of consumer culture
Authors
AuthorHourigan, Daniel
EditorsSoutherton, Dale
Page Range1056-1057
Number of Pages2
Year2011
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA. United States
ISBN9780872896017
9780412994248
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412994248.n389
Abstract

Obsession can be defined as a burdensome and uncontrollable compulsion to repeat an idea, emotion, or thought, for example, a ritualized pattern of consumption. Often, this obsessive repetition is accompanied by feelings of distress or anxiety in the consciousness of the obsessive person. Although linked to concepts such as infatuation, intoxication, or lust, obsession is unique in that it is both an unwelcome burden that produces fear or anxiety in relation to the object repeated in consciousness (i.e., idea, emotion, thought, etc.) and is an uncontrollable repetition that fixates the consciousness of the person on a particular object. While obsession is often considered pathological, such a definition is possible only if the obsession obstructs the free will of the person in a prohibitive and disquieting way, and a survey of current media may indicate some misuse of the term to define a generic passionate attachment to an object.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520402. Decision making
500303. Decision theory
420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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