self-preoccupation

preoccupation

[pree-ok-yuh-pey-shuhn, pree-ok-]
noun
1.
the state of being preoccupied.
2.
an act of preoccupying.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin praeoccupātiōn- (stem of praeoccupātiō) a taking possession beforehand. See pre-, occupation

overpreoccupation, noun
self-preoccupation, noun
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preoccupation or preoccupancy (priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən, priːˈɒkjʊpənsɪ)
 
n
1.  the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
2.  something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind
 
preoccupancy or preoccupancy
 
n

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preoccupation
1552, "state of occupying beforehand," from L. præoccupationem (nom. præoccupatio) "a seizing beforehand, anticipation," n. of action from from præoccupare, from præ- "before" + occupare "seize" (see occupy). Meaning "mental absorption" is from 1854.
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