Are You Obsessed?
By Laura Snyder
It could be the guy you’re currently crushing on. Or the girl who just broke your heart. Heck, maybe it’s just that hot barista who serves you coffee every morning. Whatever the case – and whomever the target – if you catch yourself making any of these classic moves, your interest has gone too far.
Obsession Signal #1: You’ve Got a Case of Mentionitis.
Familiar with mentionitis? It’s that little affliction in which every little detail makes you think of your obsession. As in, “You want to order pizza? Ohmigod, so-and-so loves pizza!” Mentionitis is a handy little gauge of how over-the-top your obsession has become: the less direct the link between the subject of conversation and the subject of your beloved, the bigger your problem.
Obsession Signal #2: You’ve Forgotten Your Friends.
No love – no matter how intense – can replace all that you get out of your social circle. Besides, you’re going to need your pals to pick you up and get you back on track if this new love burns out. Incidentally, if your only current friends are the nice guys at the police station who keep picking you up for that pesky restraining order violation, it is definitely time to move on.
Obsession Signal #3: You’ve Got a Serious Jealous Streak.
As a general rule, people who aren’t obsessed with someone are fairly indifferent when, say, the other person starts dating someone new. Or talks to that cute stranger at the party. Or is polite to the check-out girl. If the sight of your obsession within armslength of someone of the opposite sex makes you see red, you’re treading on “possessive psychopath” territory.
Obsession Signal #4: You Use the Phrase, “I’m totally over him/her, but…”
Okay, if you’re “totally over” this guy or girl, why are we still talking about it? Again? The hallmark of being over someone is a healthy dose of indifference. He doesn’t come up in casual conversation. She isn’t the center of your social universe. Their blip is so small, it doesn’t even show up on your radar screen. Meaning that once you’ve installed a GPS tracker to their person to follow their every move, it’s time to seek help.
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