IDEA FOCUS: Human rituals/routines and habits becomes Daily Obsession ----> mostly are self-destructive behaviours (according to my primary research and my own personal obsession - e.g. negative obsessive thinking and obsession to smoking, alcohol, social networks, etc) -
WHY IS THAT?
Why is it frowned upon, and is it a product of CULTURE or EVOLUTION?
Is it a product of evolution? No. I think obsessive behaviour has happened for centuries.
Is it a product of culture? I think It's not something that happens to only a few cultures; every culture is prone to have obsessive behaviours and thoughts - its normal as we are humans.
I read a book called 'Obsession' found on: http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/O/bo5856991.html
I found this book really engaging which I read with considerable - dare I say, obsessive? with an enjoyment. He has compiled a thorough history of 'obsession' throughout the ages and across disciplines which i found interesting. His book has led me with lots of questions about the our evolution and culture of obsession, allowing me to think more deeper about this idea as at first i was not sure how will i going to take this further. He looked at how our society distinguishes hobbies, artistic pursuits and other excessive behaviours from obsessions, and I liked how he delves into the deepest mysteries of human consciousness and the myriad ways that culture has tried to solve our mind's riddles.
To conclude, I think we all live in an age of obsession, not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work, strangely addicted to our favorite television shows, and desperately impassioned about our cars, we admire obsession in others (love/people/relationship): we demand that lovers be infatuated with one another in films, we respond to the passion of single-minded musicians, we cheer on driven athletes. To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern.
But as i read further, i found that obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category—both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which the writer Davis tells in this book - Obsession. Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem.
Quotes from Review of this book:
- "A fine and important study which, as ever with Davis's work, conveys both authority and wisdom."
- “Original and thought-provoking. Davis’s elegant analysis of the interplay between culture and psyche is an invaluable contribution to the literature on obsession.”
- “Davis’s astute, engaging history shows just how vexed and fluctuating is the line between clinical obsession and all that passes in our culture as habit and ritual.
- "Quirky but informative. . . . Overall, Obsession successfully accomplishes Davis’s goal of providing a 'chapter in the ongoing history of obsessions written by people who are obsessed with obsession.' And, he promises us, 'it won’t be the last, since obsession, like guilt, is the gift that keeps giving.'”
- “Davis’s larger argument, massively documented, is that disease is not merely a physical condition, but something that emerges in the course of a history. Treating obsession apart from that history is an obstacle to our understanding it. Understanding must begin, he argues, with the assumption ‘that obsession is a wide-ranging, social, cultural, historical, and, yes, medical phenomenon.’
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