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Obsessive love is a condition in which one person feels an overwhelming obsessive desire to possess and protect another person toward whom one feels a strong attraction, with an inability to accept failure or rejection. Although it is 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. Depending on the intensity of their attraction, obsessive lovers may feel entirely unable to restrain themselves from extreme behaviors such as acts of violence toward themselves or others. Obsessive love can have its roots in childhood trauma and may begin at first sight; it may persist indefinitely, sometimes requiring psychotherapy. Obsessive love occurs mostly in women than in men.
- The Great Gatsby – The story of The Great Gatsby primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.
Codename Kids Next Door: this is shown to be evident with Kuki Sanban, (Numbuh 3) as she shows to have this towards a local girl genius, and her "best friend in the universe" Alexandria Ross. her passion could be quixotic, although this might just be the enthusiasms of an 11 year old girl. later on, however, in the GKND arc, this is shown to be somewhat of a ploy.
- Peabody, Susan (1995) . Addiction to Love: Overcoming Obsession and Dependency in Relationships (illustrated, reprint, revised ed.). Ten Speed Press. ISBN 9780890877159.
- Moore, John (2006) . Confusing Love with Obsession: When Being in Love Means Being in Control (illustrated, reprint, revised ed.). Hazelden Books. ISBN 978-1592853564.