Hyperfixation is a term often used in the context of neurodivergent individuals, particularly Autistics and ADHDers. It refers to an intense and prolonged focus on a particular subject, topic, or activity, often at the price of excluding everything else.
During hyperfixation, individuals may exhibit a deep fascination or obsession with a specific area of interest, often to the point of spending excessive amounts of time researching, collecting, or engaging in related activities.
Is hyperfixation bad?
No, not necessarily. This intense focus can provide a sense of purpose, enjoyment, and fulfilment, but can also lead to neglecting other needs or tasks while being immersed. It can cause spending more time and energy than you intended to. It can also stop feeling fun and you can have a sense of urgency that you need to keep going until you’re finished or you fix or figure out the thing you are fascinated by.
What is the difference between hyperfocus and hyperfixation?
Hyperfocus and hyperfixation share similarities in terms of intense concentration and focus, but they can differ in context and usage. While hyperfocus typically refers to a cognitive state during a specific task or activity, hyperfixation describes a more long-term, intense interest or preoccupation with a particular subject or topic.« Back to the Glossary