How to Overcome Obsession: A Boomers Guide by

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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.

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Obsession is destructive, unproductive and unpleasant, even when the person or thing one is obsessed about is readily available. Obsession is unrewarding and often leaves the obsessed person feeling inadequate; rejected; guilty; unfulfilled and deeply unhappy. Baby boomers who are experiencing obsessive interests should seek professional help to overcome this problem-and quickly; as time is of the essence in overcoming obsessional ideology. However, pathological obsession may oftentimes be hidden while in mild cases, the symptoms of obsession are easier to recognize.

Psychological articles show us that obsession typically begins on a quiet scale but escalates quickly to become all consuming and uncomfortable. The mind responds to an obsession by throwing thoughts of the person or thing that is the subject of the obsession into focus constantly: thoughts of the person or thing are never far away and in time, the obsessed person is unable to think of anything else. The obsession can be anything from a person, or an addiction such as pornography, or a material possession.

At the beginning of an obsession, the obsessed person believes they are in control of their desire to see, touch or be in proximity to the things or person they are obsessed with. They ‘toy’ with their enjoyment of the emotion and might even see rejection or their inability to have close contact with their obsession as something quite different. Further into an obsession, however, deeper feelings emerge which leave the obsessed person feeling they are no longer in control. At this stage, the person might remove themselves from the thing they are obsessed with and try to ‘turn their back’ on their need for close contact. Inevitably, this will fail and continue to fail unless the obsessed person admits to the problem and gets help.

Baby boomers might indulge in an obsession for some time before coming to the conclusion that help is needed. If the obsession is with a material object, it is demonstrably easier to deal with the problem. If the obsession is for a person a remedy can be more difficult as it is necessary to deal with outside personalities and influences when trying to identify the reasons behind the obsession. Either way, professional guidance is always the most effective resource and the earlier the better to achieve a lasting and satisfactory result.

Psychological articles outline the dangers of obsession quite clearly: a continued and encouraged interest in the item or person at the center of an obsession will simply propagate disaster and make the obsession more pronounced and intense and consequently more difficult to overcome.

Baby boomers with a passionate interest in a hobby or deep and healthy affection for another person should not confuse this productive and enriching emotion with obsession. Obsession is all consuming and usually destructive, closely related to addiction, with the ability to wreck your life and throw every healthy and positive emotion into shadow in pursuit of gratifying this all encompassing and powerful urge.

Baby boomers who suspect they are in the grip of an obsession should seek immediate help which is available in the form of professional psychological counseling and might include sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or other forms of treatment to identify and eradicate the unpleasant effects of this intrusive disorder.


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