One of my hang ups is thinking about my and other people’s hang-ups, so when I saw this yesterday on my way to work …
… I thought, “Tomorrow’s blog topic is hang ups!”
The internet, which is a hang-up for many of us, includes these definitions of hang-up:
1. A psychological or emotional difficulty or inhibition.
2. An obstacle to smooth progress or development.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
hang′-up` or hang′up`,
1. a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex.
2. a source of annoying difficulty or burden.
Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Noun 1. hang-up – an emotional preoccupation
preoccupation – an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
2. hang-up – an unforeseen obstacle
hang-up – an unforeseen obstacle
rub, hitch, snag
obstacle, obstruction – something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; “lack of imagination is an obstacle to one’s advancement”; “the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education”; “the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan”
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
I don’t want to get too hung up on presenting definitions and synonyms of “hang-up,” so here’s a list of hang ups that preoccupy me and others, these days:
- Worry about the future.
- Regret about the past.
- Excessive guilt.
- Misplaced shame.
- A focus on what other people think.
- Cognitive distortions (including blaming, catastrophizing, personalization, all-or-nothing thinking, comparisons, labeling, and shoulds).
Do you see hang ups in my other photos from yesterday?
I am very hung up on Michael’s cooking.
I’ve been hung up on the group Buffalo Springfield for decades.
What are your hang-ups? Any hang ups about sharing them in a comment, below?
Here’s an expression of gratitude hanging up in my office:
A big thank you to all who help me create these daily blog posts, including YOU.