6 episodes

Are you obsessed with obsession? Have you ever blurred the line between love and infatuation? In "Obsession," we'll delve deep into the history, culture, science and often deadly consequences of unrequited love. You'll learn what makes someone turn pathological and hear from real people who have experienced both sides of obsessive relationships -- and they're more common than you might think. This podcast series is funded by Focus Features and produced by LA Times Studios. The Los Angeles Times newsroom was not involved in the creation of this series.

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    • Society & Culture

Are you obsessed with obsession? Have you ever blurred the line between love and infatuation? In "Obsession," we'll delve deep into the history, culture, science and often deadly consequences of unrequited love. You'll learn what makes someone turn pathological and hear from real people who have experienced both sides of obsessive relationships -- and they're more common than you might think. This podcast series is funded by Focus Features and produced by LA Times Studios. The Los Angeles Times newsroom was not involved in the creation of this series.

    The Internet

    The Internet

    Episode 5. Modern technology and the accessibility of personal information online has given rise to cyberstalking and revenge porn. In this episode, we look at how this can invade our privacy and even ruin lives. Director Neil Jordan, of Focus Features film Greta, breaks down the chilling effect of social media and the vulnerability of private information in the digital age. Victims of cyberstalkers detail their frightening accounts, and experts explain both the need for digital “wellness” and what steps can be taken to safeguard privacy online. 

    • 22 min
    The Stalkers

    The Stalkers

    Episode 4. Stalking is often a precursor to violent behaviors and serious crimes, even murder. In this episode, we look at some of the headline-grabbing stalking cases in Hollywood. Former L.A. County Prosecutor Marcia Clark details two cases she worked on: O.J. Simpson’s murder trial and the death of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. We also explore stalking and obsession with the help of fiction writer Caroline Kepnes, author of YOU, who uses these themes heavily in her work. Director Neil Jordan discusses what is equally titillating and horrifying about stalker characters in his, including in Focus Features film Greta.

    • 21 min
    The Chemistry

    The Chemistry

    Episode 3. What happens in our brains when obsessions take over our minds and bodies? In this episode, we look into the chemical and physiological reactions that render our thoughts involuntary. Through the lens of former couple, Will and Abby, and mental health and addiction experts, we break down how and why our thoughts can spiral out of control and push us to behave irrationally.

    • 21 min
    The Signs

    The Signs

    Episode 2. There are many reasons why we get involved in unhealthy relationships. What are the red flags? In this episode, the story of a young woman’s high school obsession with a boy reveals some signs we should be wary of, as does the ongoing saga of Will and Abby’s broken relationship. Sex and love addiction expert Dr. Alexandra Katehakis helps us better understand how “attachment” styles developed early in life can lead to the behavior. Director Neil Jordan, of Focus Features film Greta, discusses the unlikely and inappropriate relationships he explores in his films.

    • 23 min
    The Definition

    The Definition

    Episode 1. What is unrequited love, a.k.a. limerence, and where is the tipping point when it becomes obsessive or pathological? In this first episode of the series, the concept is defined and its effects are explored. We hear personal stories, like that of Will and Abby, a couple whose budding love story falls apart and turns toxic. We also hear from author Lisa Phillips, who shares her own tale, and Professor Albert Wakin, who studies this behavior. 

    • 24 min
    Introducing Obsession

    Introducing Obsession

    "Obsession" premieres Monday February 25th

    • 2 min

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