Fantasy / Obsession / Intoxication.

My fantasy is to one day be able to understand quite how Pravin’s mind comes up with such topics. He is the LBC blogger who has come up with this topic for today’s posts. After some reflection, I could understand the combining of the latter two subjects but am stumped to find how logically the first one fits in with the other two. I hope that Pravin will write on this topic so that I can understand his take and the logic behind the choice.

Stretching a point we could say that these are two sides of the same coin but to confuse us, could also be mutually exclusive. The point however is that Obsessives often confuse their obsession as addiction and addicts do the reverse without really understanding the difference.

I know the difference at an abstract level but for the world of it, cannot put it in writing. I therefore went to my Guru, Google and found this very enlightening article by a psychologist.

In my younger days, I had many obsessions and addictions but, I am now clear in my mind that I am an obsessive only when it comes to cleanliness and order in my surroundings and am an addict when it comes to my morning tryst with my newspapers and crossword puzzles.

Pravin has suggested this week’s topic. I hope that he is back blgging so that I can access his take on the subject. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman<

18 thoughts on “Fantasy / Obsession / Intoxication.”

  1. Agree with you. If asked how the three terms stack up to each other, “fantasy” is the odd one out, not quite belonging into the line up. Still, who knows, maybe Pravin’s mind works like mine: Random associations few can follow. Just for the fun of it you throw, as Shackman would say, a curveball into the discussion leaving your “audience” scratching their head.

    Then, of course, there is the verb “to obsess” over something. Which is quite different to having an obsession or being obsessed. At least that’s my line. More of which you find in my reply over at Shackman’s.

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  2. I see a logical progression of the three but do agree that fantasy can be left out. I to wonder how this and indeed many topics that spring from the fertile mind of Pravin.

  3. Oh, the connection between fantasy and obsession is easy to find. Someone can be obsessed with a fantasy such as becoming a celebrity or changing sex or dating Amal Clooney. Furthermore, if they dwell on these fantasies, they can be emotionally intoxicated by them.
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  4. “fantasy — the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.” It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland:

    Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

    Like Shackman, today’s topic reminds me of Trump. He clearly lives in a fantasy world, is obsessed about Muslims and illegal immigrants from Mexico and about receiving praise. It’s not too much of a stretch to say praise/ego stroking intoxicates him.

  5. From the Washington Post:

    Trump has internalized the belief that he can largely operate with impunity, people close to him said. His political base cheers him on. Fellow Republican leaders largely stand by him. His staff scrambles to explain away his misbehavior — or even to laugh it off. And the White House disciplinarian, chief of staff John F. Kelly, has said it is not his job to control the president.

    For years, Trump has fired off incendiary tweets and created self-sabotaging controversies. The pattern captures the musings of a man who traffics in conspiracy theories and alternate realities and who can’t resist inserting himself into any story line at any moment.

    It will be interesting to see how long he can get by with it, or if nothing can stop him.
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  6. I have been both obsessed and intoxicated with a couple of fantasies, all the time knowing that it wasn’t very rational.
    Obsession is just as lacking in logic as fear.

    I like your obsession and intoxications, they are very worthy.

  7. Way to make my mind spin early Sunday morning! If Fantasy exists in the mind (and it does), then it’s the base of all obsessions and addictions (read intoxication here) that follow. We start fantasizing very early in life, and if our imagination produces no satisfaction, we obsess about our dreams, or resort to intoxication as a way to cope. That’s pretty contorted reasoning, I realize, but the best I can do right now!
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  8. goodness this seems to link over to my recent investigative reading in The Wisdom of the Wilderness – especially when I have just finished re-reading and find out about Jerry’s addiction of wanting to catch a monster catfish and finally succeeding and then believing that fishing was done with…it’s towards the end of the book – and appears to have much bearing on another one of his books…

    we will never know if he was to fish again because he lost his life to a rare medical condition whilst dealing with other medical stuff.

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