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The context would be in a romantic pursuit or a job opportunity - you've applied for the job and are waiting to hear back from them - you're constantly checking your emails, you're calling the receptionist to ask why they haven't got back to you (way to spoil your chances), etc.

Is there a word or phrase to describe this state.

Example usage might be a friend saying:

I think you're [over focusing] on this opportunity here. Maybe it'll all work out well - but in the meantime you should divert your attention somewhere else.

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth single-word-requests Apr 17 '18 at 23:54

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  • "Obsession" and the Freudian term "fixation" are often used with that meaning: I think you're obsessing/ fixating [over focusing] on/ over this opportunity here. – English Student Apr 17 '18 at 23:32
  • @EnglishStudent Obsessing fits generally - but I'm wondering if there's a more specific term to relates to this 'excited about a new opportunity' context. Obsessing would also apply to a stalker - but it's not quite the same thing. – dwjohnston Apr 17 '18 at 23:34
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    The "in" verb is "to fixate"/"fixating". – Hot Licks Apr 17 '18 at 23:47
  • @HotLicks - good answer. You should post it. – dwjohnston Apr 17 '18 at 23:48
  • hmmmm interesting – lbf Apr 17 '18 at 23:59