Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Obsessions

This month Minnie is exploring the alphabet by digging out the unusual, often unexplained and alternative way of thinking. Stories of creatures, places and mysteries that have been passed down to us through centuries tease our imagination, live in our dreams and dare us to explore the impossible. Join Minnie each day as she discovers something unusual in the alphabet.

"Hello, my name is Minnie and I am an Opsomaniac. Chocolate nearly destroyed my life!"

The way our brain and our mind sometimes refuse to communicate is strange, unusual and often disturbing. Obsessions are the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc. There are many different kinds. Because today is dedicated to the letter O, here are some examples:

Onomatomania is an irresistible desire to repeat certain words and to be obsessed by words and their meanings. Ammon Shea, the sometime furniture removal man, busker and gondolier from New York read the entire 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary from cover to cover in a single year. His obsession with words eventually cut him off from having any kind of a social life at all. This condition could lead to Oenomania which is an abnormal obsession or craze for wine. There have been several cases where Oenomania has led to bankruptcy, divorce and social alienation. Obsession with a few thoughts or ideas is called Oligomania, which is something I could be exhibiting now, should I be worried? Do you have any kind of obsession?

7 comments:

shelly said...

Morning Siv,

As writers I think we all have issues with obsessiveness.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Great post! I learned something today. My obsession...get through this challenge!

Lynn Proctor said...

hmmmm this a-z thing is making me a little obsessive--really

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fortunately I don't have an obsessive personality.

Shockgrubz said...

I would be able to fill the page with my obsessions, but I will give you one of my newest. Katy Perry's eyes. Not the whole singer, but those HUGE eyes. I want to know if they've always been that large, or if she had some weird new surgical procedure to beef her ocular orbs up.

Wendy H said...

I obsess over worries. If I think maybe, just maybe I left the oven on/the garage door up/the door ajar, I worry over it until I know all is well. If I feel I might have unwittingly offended someone, I tend to obsess over that as well. Maybe that isn't so unusual, I don't know.

Rachel Morgan said...

I had no idea that these obsessions had actual names!