Obsession is a consistent assumption or drive, pleasure, feelings, concern that constantly pushes the way into thought, often leading to emotional distress and it cannot be ignored by logic. It robs your freedom of thought when an obsession is over you and brings out all your happiness.
You get numb to people and events, as, during a conversation, you have no interest in what another person says but rather you start talking about your obsession. Your mind becomes paralyzed. Your thoughts are running and running in the circle; they drive constant concern; they feed on a dream which takes charge of your living just the way evil does, and so waste hours of sleep, and even days or weeks. You can’t think like normal stuff or do any productive activities.
Signs of obsession include:
- Repeated unwanted ideas
- Fear of contamination
- Aggressive impulses
- Persistent sexual thoughts
- Images of hurting someone you love
- Thoughts that you might cause others to harm or can harm yourself.
- Doubting and having difficulty tolerating uncertainty
- Needing things orderly and symmetrical.
- Thinking about one person continuously.
According to psychologists, there are different forms of obsession such as perfectionism, relational, contamination, and causing harm.
Perfectionism: When you look into a perfectionist’s head, you will not see a positive drive to reach a specific job, connection, project, or level. Rather, you find a dreadful, obsessive desire to be perfect, to be flawless in search of short-term emotional comfort from dark and painful feelings. You might even make the argument that true perfectionists really don’t attempt to be perfect. They ignore being weak, and this fear tends to make them over-critical of all that they do. Youth mental health can be affected by a pursuit that is perfect in their body, mind, and career. Due to its impossibility of perfection, perfectionists assume that they always let everyone else down.
Relationship: Don’t you ever get obsessed with a person or a celebrity crush, such that even if they are doing something wrong, you always try to prove them right? Obsessive relationship habits can include constantly imagining one, frequently checking your phone to see if they are messaging you, worrying about what that guy does or does not do, and being anxious about losing the person. Attaching to a peer is a natural part of meeting and falling in love with someone. But being connected excessively goes much further than a healthy relationship and is vulnerable. If you really love someone, you don’t want to own them or keep them in your grips because you fear you’ll lose your relationship. Rather, you appreciate the autonomy and spirit of your lover.
Contamination obsession: It is a phobia of germs, diseases, dirt or cleaning agents, or other contaminants. This behavior leads to obsessive cleaning, sanitizing, and extreme awareness of foods made by others. This might lead to the avoidance of specific social gatherings like restaurants, food in households of others, swimming pools, or interaction with other people or property. It becomes more common among people throughout this Covid epidemic.
Causing harm: The real root of it is often an immense worry of guilt or of being liable for the worse, such as screwing up something or injuring oneself or somebody else. This concern may cause repetitive monitoring on doors, gas hobs, hairdryers, candles, medical tests, maternity tests, or the confirmation of others continually. While it is natural and acceptable to stress about stuff, it can develop into disturbances to your own daily life, such as avoiding or limiting your relations, your work, traveling, or potentially violent things, such as knives, glass, or fire.
Initially, you may not prefer to discuss your obsessive thinking or try to solve it without any professional assistance. This could lead to feeling alone, detached, odd, fearful, or helpless. Obsessive thoughts are difficult enough to handle alone, thus support is necessary as quickly as possible. These thoughts might be a physically underlying problem requiring medical diagnosis and therapy.
Written by: Swastika Karmaker