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Me and a friend were discussing something we experience (too) often: we discover some new concept or thing (for example "photography" or "knitting", can be anything) and become completely obsessed with that thing for a short period of time. Most often though this temporary obsession disappears as sudden as it appeared.

Is there a word for this all too common state of sudden, temporary obsession?

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    (passing) fad -- see fad: "A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze;" "a personal idiosyncrasy or whim" TFD thefreedictionary.com/FAD – Kris Mar 3 '15 at 11:46
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How about a flare?

a sudden burst, as of zeal or of anger

http://dictionary.reference.com/

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A passing fancy:

  • A passing fashion, activity, or feeling lasts for only a short period of time and is not worth taking very seriously.

(Cambridge Dict.)

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  • a word for "temporary obsession" is "infatuation".

Vocabulary.com puts it as:

Infatuation is falling in love with or becoming extremely interested in someone or something for a short time.

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Maybe it just your latest craze

Latest craze n.

1: an exaggerated and often transient enthusiasm : mania 'the latest craze in music'

Reference: 'Latest craze' n. Merriam-Webster Dictionary online. Accessed 03/03/2015

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