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.
The original and the cover version of “Hung Upside Down” are hanging up here and here on YouTube.
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.