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Overcoming Obsession | Psychology Today

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Obsession makes us gaze in only one direction at one thing, whether a habit, a memory or a person, and washes away all other concerns - but obsession amounts to the same thing in all cases: addiction.

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It fills us up (especially if we felt empty before). But even if we didn't feel empty, obsession makes us feel potent, capable, and purposeful.

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Like all addictions, with time obsession makes us neglect parts of our lives we shouldn't. If allowed to become too consuming, obsession causes us to devalue important dimensions of our lives and tolerate their atrophy and even their collapse. But even if our lives remain in balance, if the objec...

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Do not seek to extinguish obsession but seek to control it. Our ability to bend our emotions to our will is poor, but not our ability to manage them. We can make our obsessions work for us rather than work us over. And we can learn to let them ...

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  1. Distract yourself at varying intervals. Find something attractive and pleasurable to distract you from your obsession. Do something that takes you out of your own head like reading a book or starting a new habit.
  2. Accomplish a task that helps put your obsessio...

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