Dictionary.com defines obsession as “ compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety” whereas love is defined as “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.”
When it comes to love, semantics becomes involved, changing the interpretation of one word. Love becomes an obsession when the form or signs of love changes into something else.
My colleague and I discussed this further. She told me, “If you call it obsession, its a negative term to substitute for love. Obsession is when you call it an object.” However, in my cousin’s case, my cousin loved her boyfriend. He didn’t love her back. Being in love means passion, tenderness, affection….not obsession.