Compulsion



[kuh m-puhl-shuh n] /kəmˈpʌl ʃən/

noun
1.
the act of ; constraint; coercion.
2.
the state or condition of being .
3.
Psychology. a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act, especially one that is irrational or contrary to one’s will.
/kəmˈpʌlʃən/
noun
1.
the act of compelling or the state of being compelled
2.
something that compels
3.
(psychiatry) an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his or her will See also obsession
n.

early 15c., from Middle French compulsion, from Latin compulsionem (nominative compulsio) “a driving, urging,” noun of action from past participle stem of compellere “compel” (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1909 in A.A. Brill’s translation of Freud’s “Selected Papers on Hysteria,” where German Zwangsneurose is rendered as compulsion neurosis.

compulsion com·pul·sion (kəm-pŭl’shən)
n.
An uncontrollable impulse to perform an act, often repetitively, as an unconscious mechanism to avoid unacceptable ideas and desires which, by themselves, arouse anxiety.

In psychology, an internal force that leads persons to act against their will. A “compulsive” act cannot be controlled: “Smith was a compulsive gambler.”

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