Obsessed? Confess!

If daydreams rule your world, get a grip...and get a life

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January 21, 1999|By Lisa Skolnik | Lisa Skolnik,Chicago Tribune

Are you spending all your time daydreamin'? Do you write someone's name on all your notebooks, look out the window when you should be listening up in class and pine away at lunch instead of chowing down? Do you always hang in some special spot after school to catch a glimpse of someone you can't -- or won't -- talk to? Or, even worse, are you bonkers for someone who's absolutely, positively unattainable -- like Hanson, Leonardo, Matt, Liv, Mariah or some Girl who's Spicy?

Maybe it's time to think about the effect your behavior is having on your life. Here's a quiz that will help you tell if you're obsessed.

1. "Obsessed" is your favorite word, and you use it all the time. To you it means:

a. You spend a lot of time thinking about someone or something, but still get everything (like homework and chores) done.

b. You know you're spending too much time thinking about someone or something because you're always playing catch-up to get things done.

c. You just can't stop thinking about someone or something, and it's interfering with everything else in your life.

2. You think you're obsessed with someone, and your definition of love (or serious "like") is:

a. Having someone to think about and try to get to know.

b.Collecting pictures, posters or whatever there is that relates to your object of affection and plastering your walls with them all.

c. Both of the above -- and then some. You're totally consumed with your dreamboat every moment, even when you're asleep.

3. You just got a new notebook, and it looks very bare. You can't wait to:

a. Start doodling on it when you have some time, writing your dreamboat's initials next to yours to see how it looks.

b. Immediately cover every inch with that certain someone's name.

c. Turn it into a scrapbook for the person you dream about, then try to figure out a way to get it to 'em. They need to know you're their biggest fan!

4. You just started a new unit in your hardest class, and you really need to buckle down. So you try to take down every word the teacher says. But:

a. Every now and then your mind drifts off, and all of a sudden you're thinking about guess who. You snap back to reality pretty fast.

b. When you're drifting, you miss some important things the teacher is saying. Good thing your best friend takes great notes.

c. You can't even pay attention to the teacher. Your notes are nothing but doodles of someone's name. You may not pass this class.

Scoring:

Give yourself one point for every A, two points for every B and three points for every C.

0-5. You're still grounded in reality, even if you use the word "obsessed" every now and then.

6-10. You need to start concentrating on what's really important.

11-15. You need to rein in your obsessions-from-afar and get a life!

Pub Date: 01/21/99

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