Obsession

Hourigan, Daniel (2011) Obsession. In: Encyclopedia of consumer culture. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. United States, pp. 1056-1057. ISBN 978-0-8728-9601-7

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.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2011 Sage Publications. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 00:50
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 04:22
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220302 Decision Theory
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4135/9781412994248.n389
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25929

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