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You're welcome to use the definition of the word loosely.

Throughout your life I'm sure you've encountered numerous things that you couldn't seem to get out of your mind. In some cases, they paralyzed your thoughts, in others, they made you act completely out of character.

So what kind of things have had some sort of elevated influence on you?
Specific people? Certain foods? A particular fetish? A dream or idealization? Perhaps something else... What has captivated your mind in the past or present?
 

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I've had a lot of obsessions ever since I was little when it all began when Titanic came out and I developed a HUUGE crush on Leonardo DiCaprio, to the point that if anyone said his name, I would blush and become ecstatic, like jumping up and down. If I ever passed a magazine with Leo on the cover, I would force my mom to buy it for me. I still have a little crush on Leo <3 Here's a list of some of my past and present obsessions:

Russell Crowe (ages:12-13)
Green tea ice cream (current obsession)
James the very sexy Franco (current)
Bright Eyes (current, been obsessed with them ever since I was 12)
MGMT (ages:16-17)
The Flaming Lips (ages: 14-16)
Amy Winehouse (current)
Rurouni Kenshin (ages: 10-13)
Ai Yori Aoshi (ages: 13-14)
Pokemon (current)
Hello Kitty/Sanrio (current, been obsessed ever since I was like four lol)
Inuyasha (ages: 8-14)
 

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Currently I'm obsessing over Ram Dass I keep on reading him and Loving him.
 

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Since we're on the topic of obsessions, does anybody else get a sort of 'spiritual' feeling when you indulge on your obsessions? Like when I listen to music that I'm really crazy about, I feel weird but in a good way? xD Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
 

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Since we're on the topic of obsessions, does anybody else get a sort of 'spiritual' feeling when you indulge on your obsessions? Like when I listen to music that I'm really crazy about, I feel weird but in a good way? xD Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
I don't feel weird per se. But i do feel very emotional. it's like oo aaahh doo in that order.
Dancin, feelin, emotin, for the sake of it. That's what i like about listening to the same music over and over again haha.

As far as obsessions, when i think of the word, i think weird. But i guess, it's not if people have similar ways of thinking. And it's not like socially we're all goo goo ga ga. Look at me trying to rationalize this shit.

Anyway, if it's someone i want to be in a relationship with i can be really happy, or obtusely sad. Sometimes i don't feel, and that's worst of all. finding some optimism when I'm trying to develop a relationship is the only way to get me out of the rut, taking a day at a time, or in my case a week at a time...

Huh with a strong Ne obsessions seem like they're almost vital to our sanity, for me at least...
 

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Gosh, so many obsessions, it's hard to keep track of.

Currently: Positive Psychology
Before Now: Python (programming), Management, Poetry, Brain Training, Immortality, Dancing, Sewing, Linguistics, Korean culture, I could go on and on.. but nevermind
 

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Music is my biggest obsession. Not any specific genre, just anything orgasmic for my ears. I'm constantly listening to music. If a day goes by and I don't listen to anything, I've noticed that my mood turns very gloomy. It's always been therapy. So, I am always searching for different bands and singers. It's a never-ending thing for me.
 

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Formal Logic, Logical Fallacies, and Debunking
Debating
Critical Thinking
Pokemon
Starcraft
Dragon Quest
DotA
Anarchism, Communism, Socialism, Humanism, anything revolutionary left-ism
Humanistic Psychology
Psychometrics and MBTI
Economics
Science in general
Writing
Atonal Music
Tonal Music
Nine Inch Nails
Glee (don't ask)
High quality violas
Piano
Tomato Juice
Kalbi (Korean dish)
Abstract Art
Mixed Martial Arts
Swimming
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Life is full of wonder and beauty. :happy:
 

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Philosophical questions? Although the funny thing is, sometimes I can't stand reading other people complicated philosophical literature - or it could be simply because English isn't my main language but it's language used in most literature? Anything whenever it's questioning about values, even if it's depressing. The main focus is to keep positive while lurking in these negative thoughts.. *shudders*
Books. Hates majority of mangas and animes, mostly in this era. I actually read them a lot, and even being fond of sketching because I am inspired from manga, but current standard 'popular' manga is just NO.
Oh, well. Why I am talking about stuffs in general?

To be more specific: things which have a journey/storyline to tell you why and how things turn out that way, so you can understand them more, even if sometimes you still can't accept it.
- TV serial: Tru Calling, Heroes, Supernatural, Jewel at the Palace, another Korean/Japan drama which main character named Tamaki Aso (snap! Can't remember the title!), Full House.
- Books: Laura Inggals series
- Manga: Monster, 20th Century Boys, Emanon, Whistle!, Slam Dunk, many random one-shots. I like manga with seinen, psychological, tragedy, slice of life, horror, at general.

When I was kid, I still remember liking SailorMoon and Digimin to such extent.
And F4!!! Holyshii.. My taste was silly -_-"

I also like photography, enjoying visual stimulus; exception for "people" though. In my dictionary, beautiful/handsome people refers more to originality of emotions they express rather than their external appearances.

For some reasons, I can't appreciate music as much as other people do. I am easily bothered by noise or even if those are melodies I usually consider as "beautiful", I will turn mp3 off if I can't relate them with my current mood.

These are words that always make me feel clicking in:
quiet, loyal, waiting, sea, innocence, naivety, pure, guardian, humble, tender, dream
 

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My obsessions include but are not limited to.

  • Psychology and typology
  • Fitness and exercise
  • Irish History
  • Native American history
  • Genealogy and family history
  • Snorkeling
  • Pocket knives (weird I know)
  • Religions and philosophy
  • Cooking and baking
  • Fish and aquariums
  • Coffee
  • Camping and hiking
 

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Bright Eyes (current, been obsessed with them ever since I was 12)
OMG ME TOO. I got really excited when I read that because I don't know many people who even know who they are =P It's just me and my two friends who are obsessed. We saw them in concert recently and that didn't help either. haha. This one is pretty bad for me though, I can barely even listen to any other music now o.o But I guess eventually it will pass somewhat just like they all do.
 

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I've had various obsessions, some minor and some a bit more major. They're usually rather diverse.

Some of my obsessions:

TV Shows
Females ;)
Writing
Philosophy
Fantasy
Psychology
Foruming
Chess

Probably quite a few more of these than I can think of now, but I know that I've got my fair share of obsessions.
 

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A few friends on PerC have greatly impacted my life, even extended my worldview;

@Ectoplasm
@Lad
@andywg
@Unnursvana


When I was much younger, I was obsessed with Harry Potter (I still like/love Harry Potter). I had (and probably still do) the biggest celebrity crush on Tom Felton (the actor who plays Draco Malfoy). The obsessions shaped me to be very fantasy oriented in some of my approaches to life and made me want to be courageous in doing the right things.

I have been obsessed with inspirational quotes for a long time, to me it's like people putting in pieces of their hearts and spirits along the shared journeys in living.



I also plan to be someone extremely highly emotionally intelligent and at the same time someone very knowledgeable in politics someday..the day will come someday.
 

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As my father once pointed out to me, once I decide to do or act on something, it becomes my entire life. He used the term "addicted to obsessing or letting something take over your life" which isn't too far from the truth. Some things are short-lived, but come back in cycles. Those are usually my craft projects, which hide in a closet after I get bored with them only to be brought back out for 1-6 weeks of intense use every year or so.

There have, however, been a few things which are obsessions which have lasted for an extended period of time. Reading, especially fantasy/sci-fi books. They can, have, and will take over my life to where I'm living in the world of whatever book I'm reading as much, if not more, than what I'm living in this world. It's comfortable and safe in there, the realm which is created within my head. Another would be music, primarily playing music. From the time I could, I was playing instruments and putting effort into knowing what I was doing and why. This was to the point that I was completely devoted to band, winter drumline, winter color guard, choir, and the theatre. Only some of my obsession was due to the need to avoid my home as much as possible. The rest of it was due to that ability to escape again. To leave this world and travel to somewhere else entirely with the sound and motions as my guide.

Sometimes that addiction/obsession can be related to a person. I don't crush on people easily or frequently, but when I do, it quickly becomes an obsessed fascination and infatuation. Oh the dreams and daydreams I have had... Speaking of dreams, I've also had a frequent obsession with dreams, having them, understanding them, living them. They're my greatest source of inspiration, when I have the energy to follow up on anything.

There are many more, but that's the gist, the reasoning etc. of my obsessions, many that they are.
 

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In one sense I would say I am and always have been obsessed with fantasy and historical settings. But.......I don't really get the idea of obsession.....not really. I saw friends obsess over certain things, a band, a celebrity, a movie, a restaraunt, etc. where all they could think or talk about was that thing for weeks. I've never really been that one-minded on anything, even new things I really like. At least it doesn't seem that way to me. Perhaps you could say I was obsessed with Pixie Hollow when I discovered it...yeah maybe that, and with Personality Cafe :) or just personality in general, it does often come up in my conversations. So....yeah, maybe I do obsess over things, I dunno. I don't really go crazy researching things to the bitter end of all possible information about it or collecting memorabilia or whatever like I've seen other friends do. I'll have periods of time where I tend to want a certain kind of food a lot, I dunno if that's really obsession. And whenever I do discover something new I like it's incorporated into the whole of what I like, it's never an intense interest at the expense of others which then gets dropped for something else.
 

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I've always been a little bit obsessed with spiritually related things.
I've since I can remember had an obsession with native indians cultures.
Aliens.
Books...I eat them alive.
I'm usually hopping between one obsession and another, I've never had a consistent 'outlet' for my energy so I tend to wander a little bit.
 
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I've had quite a few, most of them lasting at least two years or more, some lasting only about a year. In order of how they appeared from childhood onward. All of these literally took over my life when they happened.

- Paranormal/Supernatural phenomena
- Nelly
- Inuyasha
- Iron Maiden
- Naruto
- Psychology
- Smashing Pumpkins
- the workings of the Universe
- Bright Eyes
- Soul Eater (as of a few weeks ago, lol)

Psychology is the only one that will always be a constant obsession, because it's so easy to use the theories and information in everyday situations, whereas with other subjects, the obsession ends when I have collected all of the info I can find about it.

I noticed at one point that a lot of my obsessions had a lot of "stuff" to them. TV shows with lots of episodes, lots of characters, huge fandoms with lots of fanfiction and fanart. Musicians with lots of albums and various other projects, and subjects like psychology and astronomy that would seem to have a non-stop supply of random facts and information.
 

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i was wondering today if this is a common INFP thing to do... something grabs your attention, you become quite fascinated and you can hardly rest because you need to get a hold of everything about the current obsession. very timely thread for me! i've had so many that i've become quite the secret weapon at quiz nights.

things that have my attention now:

- quantum theory --- regular laws of physics don't apply, how can i not be amazed, i hate laws
- sword of truth series --- on book four & am generally fed up with everything going wrong for these people but its a serious tick of mine, once i start a series i NEVER quit till i've read them all. i have 8 more books --- oi!
- bluegrass music
- perC
- MBTI
- Poe --- when i was 15 a mean girl came to my house, saw my collected works of poe on my bedside table and said "only suicidal people read poe" she was an ignorant girl, but it got to me. i didn't feel suicidal but i was afraid of catching suicide :) from reading it. i've reunited with him and DAMN it feels good
- taking photos of naked trees esp when trees are in a cemetery
- my kindle & finding everything for free & decorating its cover & making glorious screensavers for it
- tamaskan dogs
 
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