How to Be Obsessed

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

Obsession gets a bad rap. But completely fixating on something--or someone--can give you a great rush. In some cases, obsessively gardening, celebrity-watching, collecting, party planning or exercising can be a healthier alternative to more harmful addictive behaviors you might be prone to. If you're an intense person, obsessing might come naturally to you. If not, here's what you need to do to be obsessed.

Consume yourself with the person, place or thing you want to obsess over. Think about nothing else. Even when you eat, shower or do other mundane activities, relate it to your obsession. Wonder whether eating a healthy lunch will make you more attractive to the cutie you're obsessed with. Or if you're wedding obsessed, think about what shower gel you'll use the morning of your wedding as you lather up each day.

Read up on the object of your obsession. Google people's names online. If you're an obsessive dieter, read reviews of the plan you're on and diet pills. Check out every book in the library on gardening if your green thumb is greener than usual and subscribe to magazines about hairstyles if you spend every second of every day contemplating yours.

Only talk about what you're obsessed about. Let people ask you about the weather--you can say it's raining so you need to go to the mall if you're an obsessive shopper. Answer questions about your health in terms of your obsession--you can't wait to get over your cold so you can obsessively sunbathe once again.

Find friends to obsess with. Obsession is very lonely when you go at it alone. Fortunately there are online discussion groups for nearly every topic, so you can find dozens of people who are also obsessed with painting, cycling, scrapbooking, collecting nude celebrity photos, selling things on Ebay--whatever it is your obsessed with.