How We Become What We Obsess Over

It is not a difficult process for human beings to become obsessed with something, whether it is clothes, money, people, or other objects. The movie “Mean Girls” portrays the problem of many teenage American high school students that struggle with balancing traditional values with desires such as popularity and materialism.
Obsession is often credited for clouding sound judgment. Once an individual is completely fixated with another object or person, other priorities begin to lose value, and the object of obsession begins to increase in value. It often reaches the point of dominating the person’s thought processes and later the actions of that individual.
The steps that lead to obsession are relatively simple. A person often sees the object of desire, begins to think about it, then becomes so consumed with thoughts about the object that he or she will then take whatever actions necessary to obtain it, often believing that they will be at peace once they do.
In the movie “Mean Girls,” Cady Heron’s behavior is completely altered once she becomes accepted as one of the “Plastics.” What started as an innocent prank eventually transformed Cady into a self-centered individual who eventually lost sight of the people who really cared about her, such as her loyal friends and family. Traditional values were replaced by the need to impress the clique she had joined, and her behavior conformed to reflect their values, versus her own.