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Obsession vs. Preoccupation

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  • Obsession (noun)

    A compulsive or irrational preoccupation.

  • Obsession (noun)

    An unhealthy fixation.

  • Obsession (noun)

    Influence or control by evil spirits without possession.

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    The state of being preoccupied or an idea that preoccupies the mind; enthrallment.

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    The act of occupying something before someone else.

Wiktionary
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  • Obsession (noun)

    The act of besieging.

  • Obsession (noun)

    The state of being besieged; - used specifically of a person beset by a spirit from without.

  • Obsession (noun)

    An excessive preoccupation of the thoughts or feelings; the persistent haunting or domination of the mind by a particular desire, idea, or image.

  • Obsession (noun)

    Any driving motive; a compelling goal; - not necessarily implying a negative judgment, as does sense 3; as, the coach was obsessed with winning the state championship

  • Obsession (noun)

    Something that causes an obsession{3}.

  • Obsession (noun)

    The state of being obsessed.

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    The act of preoccupying, or taking possession of beforehand; the state of being preoccupied; prepossession.

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    Anticipation of objections.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Obsession (noun)

    an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against your will

  • Obsession (noun)

    an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    the mental state of being preoccupied by something

  • Preoccupation (noun)

    the act of taking occupancy before someone else does

Princeton's WordNet
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