Obsessive love

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Obsessive love is a hypothetical state in which one person feels an overwhelming obsessive desire to possess another person toward whom one feels a strong attraction, with an inability to accept failure or rejection.[1] Although not categorized specifically under any specific mental diagnosis by the DSM-5, some people argue that obsessive love is considered to be a mental illness similar to attachment disorder, borderline personality disorder, and erotomania. Obsessive lovers may feel entirely unable to restrain themselves from extreme behaviors such as acts of violence toward themselves. They may be entirely convinced that their feelings are love, and may reject the idea that their severe obsession is not love.[2] Obsessive love has been frequently used in mass media, often with a woman having such affections for a man in either a comical or an evil fashion.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Susan Forward; Craig Buck (1 January 2002). Obsessive Love: When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-38142-9. 
  2. ^ Voo, Jocelyn (2007-10-16). "Love addiction – how to break it". CNN. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  3. ^ Vijayakar, R.M. (2015-12-14). "Priya Banerjee to Reprise Juhi Chawla's Role in Karanvir Vohra's 'Darr' Remake". India West. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  4. ^ Birchall, Guy (2015-12-14). "Lisa Snowden's stalker sectioned after bombarding the star with nearly 1000 text messages". thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  5. ^ Michael Coveney (2 April 2009). "'The Phantom of the Opera': Ghosts of a love affair". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Peabody, Susan (1995) [1989]. Addiction to Love: Overcoming Obsession and Dependency in Relationships (illustrated, reprint, revised ed.). Ten Speed Press. ISBN 9780890877159.