Boomers Guide to Wicked Obsession-Stalkers and Talkers by BoomerYearbook.com

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Psychological Articles on Elderly Problems

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This series of articles from Boomer Yearbook explores the fascinating and varied behavioral patterns that occur through obsession; the dangers of leaving an obsession untreated and the coaching solutions available: Boomer Yearbook’s Guide and Coaching Strategy for the baby boomer generation.

This series of articles from Boomer Yearbook explores the fascinating and varied behavioral patterns that occur through obsession; the dangers of leaving an obsession untreated and the coaching solutions available: Boomer Yearbook’s Guide and Coaching Strategy for the baby boomer generation

A mild obsession with a particular person should not cause undue distress: a destructive obsession can annihilate lives and result in chaos and discord both for the obsessed and the unfortunate victim of their obsession. Baby boomers are as susceptible as anyone else to the attentions of someone with an obsessive interest.

Recognizing an obsessive interest is usually quite easy but unfortunately, the person who is obsessed might harbor an unhealthy interest for some time before their intention to gratify their emotional needs breaks the surface. This makes life difficult for the victim, as they are often made aware of the problem far too late for an effective solution to be put in place.

One of the more difficult scenarios where obsession can be most destructive for baby boomers is in the workplace; especially when the obsessed person is senior to the victim. Many allegations of sexual harassment made in a work environment are the result of an unhealthy obsession. Psychological articles tell us that an inability to properly interpret disinterest is often a feature of an obsessed personality and when issues of seniority complicate matters, the victim will often inadvertently encourage the attentions of an obsessed admirer, simply because he or she is afraid to offend the boss. Luckily, modern tribunals and grievance procedures have improved matters immeasurably for workers experiencing problems of this type.

Obsession can occur within all generations, not only baby boomers but also teenagers and even people in extreme old age. The intensity of a destructive obsession can turn a regulated and orderly life into a nightmare in a very short time and the victim can be driven to nervous collapse before a satisfactory solution is found.

Usually an obsession with another person begins with a small gesture of friendship which is misinterpreted as sexual interest, or fantasized into such. Small contacts are engineered by the obsessed person, such as chance encounters in the street; showing up unexpectedly at a social venue the victim frequents regularly; progressing to letters; notes; emails; phone calls at work and at home and ultimately there is a showdown, when the victim will angrily insist on being left in peace. Psychological articles note that this is where the real danger of obsession begins, as rejection takes over from affection and the obsessed person starts a campaign of harassment.

Baby boomers who have been the victims of obsession rarely extend friendship to strangers without checking out their credentials carefully. Obsessive interest can spark a program of ugly confrontation that might sometimes culminate in legal action, usually because the obsessed person sees their bombardment of interest as friendly affection and they are unable to identify their behavior as obnoxious, stalking or threatening in any way.

When making new friends, it is always a good idea to make some precautionary inquiries before giving someone your personal details at home or at work and making that fatal gesture that could be misunderstood and escalate into a dangerous, ugly obsession.

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