Monday, 7 January 2013

I'm All-In



I have an obsessive personality.  Not in a stalker-ish way, I hope, but when I'm interested in something, it consumes my attention for a period of time.  And then eventually, my interest moves on, and I drop whatever I'd been doing.  I'm all or nothing.  The time period varies, usually depending on how much fuel I give my obsession.

This one-track-mind obsessiveness was at its peak when I was a teenager.  Then I got married, and it improved a bit.  Then I had kids, and out of necessity, it improved a bit more.  But I still find myself, in my spare time, immersing in one hobby/topic/activity at a time.

But I wonder, is this a bad thing?  I'm not a psychologist, and I'm sure what I've described has another official name.  Should I try to temper my obsessions, taking the motto, "In all things, moderation"?  Or should I just go with what seems to be the way I'm made and allow myself to fall whole-heartedly into my current interest? Providing I don't neglect my family, of course.

My current obsession is knitting.  Previous ones, which come and go in cycles, are sewing, different genres of fiction, medieval history, regency history, antiques, diy, home decor, gardening, blog reading, etc.


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  1. I say, throw yourself into it! :) I'm that way, too. I write, write, write. It's not the least bit balanced, but my obsessive interest has gotten me somewhere. It can be a good thing!

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    1. At least you stick to one obsession! ;-) You can be productive that way.

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  2. I say go with it. My husband is that way and when he has a pet topic he learns all there is to know about it. I love that. I usually associate that type of keen focus on a single topic with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) - any attention issues?

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    1. I've never been diagnosed with any ADD type issues (being homeschooled), but I wouldn't be surprised. Is there such a thing as adult-onset ADD? I have a horrible time trying to sit still in church!

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    2. Regarding church, I say take your own notes, and don't use the bulletin insert. I find I pay better attention if I write everything down. I am obsessive too. I do one thing excessively, and then I move on to something else. I generally find I'm avoiding other things I'm supposed to be doing though, and I have to control it. have to give myself a daily time limit OR reserve that activity for certain times of the day, like only reading before bed or during an afternoon quite ;) time, not just anytime during the day (when I should be doing my housework!)

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    3. Yes, exactly. Creating a daily routine for housework, etc, is my main half-formed new year's resolution. Such as, if I get A, B, and C done, then I can sit down and knit or read or whatever. I'll have to try taking my own notes in church. I used to do that...in fact, I just threw away several of my old notebooks that included sermon notes. When I try to use the bulletin insert, my mind wanders and I miss half of the words to fill in anyway.

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  3. There isn't adult-onset ADD, but you may only get it diagnosed as an adult (like my husband did). You should look up the symptoms online. It is quite interesting and eye-opening to finally find an explanation for why he did certain things. Even if you never have it officially diagnosed, just to know the reason for behaviours and what might help (like structuring your day and environment) are very helpful.

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  4. Oh my goodness! This is definitely me too! Especially the history bit, and medieval history! I went through an extreme rainforest phase when I was a kid too. I like it, I learn lots that way, even if my husband complains a bit. Another thing I do is reread my favourite books or watch my favourite movies over and over again. Anne of Green Gables, the Little House on the Prairie series... It's probably a sign of something, but whatever! It's fun!

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    1. Kris, I do the same things...sometimes when I finish a book, I flip right back to the first page and begin again.

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  5. I have very similar 'cycles' of activity. Just went through a prepping one... although I think some of the more useful parts of that one may stick around for a bit. ;-) As long as we don't go overboard, and waste time or resources that should belong to other duties (thus, moderation), I can't see the problem. In my case, I actually need to take advantage of the time of single-focus-ed-ness (yah, I know that's not a word...) to get a project done before I lose interest!

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    1. I had a prepping obsession for years too! It fizzled when I realised I'd never convince my husband of anything related to prepping.

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