- n. Plural form of preoccupation.
“As 2008 winds down, one of the medias favorite preoccupations is to compile “Best Of” lists for the past year and “Predictions” of what may come to pass for the next.”
“With the help of psychotherapy and with the passage of time, his hypochondria eased and he began to show “displacement,” the strategy of shifting preoccupations from a painful source to more neutral ground.”
“Old Ideas proves that Cohen's long-term preoccupations with sex, death and salvation have endured.”
“Human geography is a subject concerned with issues of social, cultural and political organization; its main preoccupations are power relations, concepts of space and different means of political intervention.”
“They have already presided over such a huge sweep of time as to make all our short-term preoccupations seem inconsequential.”
“Among my own public preoccupations is the question of nationalism, its pitfalls and its virtues, because my sense of history has impelled the conviction that Canada needs a new and particularly positive nationalism.”
“We all need to ask these questions, but with all our short-term preoccupations, we often wait too long to do so.”
“Studying the millennial sects of Europe from the eleventh to the sixteenth century, Norman Cohn believed he found a persistent psychic complex that corresponds broadly with what I have been considering — a style made up of certain preoccupations and fantasies: “the megalomaniac view of oneself as the Elect, wholly good, abominably persecuted, yet assured of ultimate triumph; the attribution of gigantic and demonic powers to the adversary; the refusal to accept the ineluctable limitations and imperfections of human existence, such as transience, dissention, conflict, fallibility whether intellectual or moral; the obsession with inerrable prophecies … systematized misinterpretations, always gross and often grotesque.””
“If, as I think, this reading accords more convincingly than the more obvious and popular one with Orwell's main preoccupations in Animal Farm and 1984, it is both ironic and appropriate that the slogan should have engendered such misreading and misapplication; it has all the appearance of a statement deliberately designed by its author to create problems of interpretation in a context where the manipulation of language is an essential part of the political process.”
“He found it a fine and gripping narrative, and is sympathetic to Matthiesson’s twin preoccupations of nature and wilderness, and zen buddhism.”
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