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obsession

Psychiatry a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness

obsession

[əb′sesh·ən]
(psychology)
Persistence of or anxious preoccupation with an idea or emotion recognized as unreasonable by the individual.
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We therefore obsess, far more than most companies, about the nutritional aspects of our products as much as we do their taste.
People saying how great you look makes you obsess over what you put in your mouth - the guilt about eating anything that's not virtually calorie-free in case you put on even an ounce.
Fiennes, a very private guy who has been linked romantically with actresses such as Natalie Jackson Mendoza and Catherine McCormack, clearly doesn't obsess about being perceived as "this or that.