How would you get over an obsession that was consuming your life?

@Awinds (2475)
United States
November 1, 2011 1:29am CST
The problem: I found a new field of study called futurism. Some of the predictions are scary while others amazing. I found myself obsessed. Obsessed to the point where other areas of my life have been neglected in favor of feverish research on my obsession. Of course I realize it is not healthy and its time to scale back and move on. The trouble is it has become an addiction of sorts. Have you ever had an obsession? An out of control obsession? How did you conquer it or do you still obsess on the object of your obsession? What would you tell someone you knew was devoting unhealthy amounts of time and energy to a mere interest?
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@Bluedoll (17089)
• Canada
1 Nov 11
Predictions? Are we talking about futurism in literature http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurism#Futurism_in_literature or something else? If I felt that an obsession was consuming my life I would first look at the interest. Is it good for me in the sense that I believe it to be healthy. Certainly, some interests are not. Some interests for example can be very depressing or demanding and still others stressful though there can be out weighted positive things too. If I did see a primary negative aspect to my interest and only I can really be a judge of this then I would not want to loose my obsession for it by resolving to create another. If I considered my interest to be reasonable then I would need to look at the other possibility. The issue then is not my interest but merely my obsession connected with it and therefore the time and energy being applied. I would need to find a way to time manage it and devote my energy to other things as well that is priory driven. I hope this has answered and in some small way helped.
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@Bluedoll (17089)
• Canada
2 Nov 11
I appreciate the link, interesting study. I am not familiar with these studies but would assume if a great deal of time was spent on things we can not relate to very well or I actually mean not be involved in such as a political agenda,(if we were not involved in politics) it might be less than good. Unless we are involved in something else maybe then, being obsessed with this study could be considered unfruitful without purpose. However, if you have an additional interest say in technology futures or even science fiction writing a study like this could be a big benefit?
• Australia
1 Nov 11
I have an obsession that has lasted most of my adult life, in patches, to find a way of beating the odds in four footed critter races (greyhounds in this incarnation). I find it ironic that it took me till 66 and being in too poor health to really enjoy the fruits of my labour to finally work it out. Bah! But when I am in research mode (looking through and analysing past results) I will let everything else go until things become urgent. Fortunately that is no longer necessary, but that hasn't stopped me trying to "tweak" the system (usually costing myself money in so doing). Actually, I just had the thought that writing this down may help to kick me out of the current round of obsession and get me back on the winning path. Mind you, the losing path consists of the last week where I had only my second weekly loss in over 5 months, and it less than $20 lol. But considering the 45 odd years I spent on this, I doubt that I would be encouraging anyone else's obsessions. Lash
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@Awinds (2475)
• United States
2 Nov 11
That is quite an unusual obsession! Sounds like you have been battling the races for years! Well I wish you like on your latest round - it sounds like you have the know how ya just need that pint of luck that somehow got lost last week. :)
@celticeagle (116574)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Nov 11
I think that people need to things in moderation. When they do them excessively it becomes an obsession and isn't healthy. I had an obsession. It took me almost three years to get over it. How did I do it? I realized it wasn't a good thing. I changed my schedule and let the obsession move further and further down on my list of things to do. Before long I forgot I had this obsession.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
4 Nov 11
That is a great idea! It is not drastic and is perfectly doable. I really think I am going to try that moving it further down the to do list method. :)
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@celticeagle (116574)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Nov 11
Set short doable goals for yourself. Change your schedule.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Nov 11
I never had that bad obsession. I did want to get pregnant while I was married and kept praying for that to happen and that the child would be born healthy, but that is not an obsession. If you have a bad obsession the best thing is to put your resources on someplace or some other thing that is not so bad, or get so busy you have not time.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
2 Nov 11
That makes the most sense. My time management skills could use some more polishing. :)
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Nov 11
With me it is remembering to exercise and also writing and piano practicing. I really find it hard with chords and also rhythm and I really should try to get better.
@estherlou (5020)
• United States
2 Nov 11
Since I'm older, with no kids at home anymore, I have a lot of time on my hands on my 3 days off. I've mentioned before I tend to be obsessive/compulsive sometimes. I can spend an entire weekend watching an NCIS marathon, or playing Harvest Moon on the wii. What breaks my obsession, is the repetitiveness and the point when I am overloaded and bored with doing the same thing over and over and need a change. LOL Not quite the same as what you are talking about, but my compulsions do have a limit.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
2 Nov 11
Sounds like you go in cycles then. However considering your circumstances it doesn't sound surprising. At least you do move on when you get bored! :)
• United States
1 Nov 11
It is 2:30 in the morning and I am still online. I am addicted t using my computer and way too addicted to mylot. I would not tell another anything because I would be wrong to do so.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
2 Nov 11
That's an intense obsession. Are you able to get enough sleep? :)