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fixate

(fĭk′sāt′)
v. fix·ated, fix·ating, fix·ates
v.tr.
Psychology
a. To cause to become emotionally attached in an immature or pathological manner.
b. In classical psychoanalysis, to cause (the libido) to be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.
v.intr.
1. To focus the eyes or attention.
2. Psychology
a. To become attached to a person or thing in an immature or pathological way; form a fixation.
b. To be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.

fixate, fixated

See fixation.

fixate

Ophthalmology
To focus one’s eyes (gaze) on a particular point in space.

Psychology
To focus one’s attention on a particular thing, person or idea.
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To add to the problem, the senior pilot in that aircraft was known to have difficulties dealing with emergencies (he often fixated on specific issues and didn't talk to his crew) and had not flown a night mission in several months.
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Some of these people seem overly hostile and anti-social-which is obvious given their stated intents, but it appears to border on paranoia, and is fixated on the government and progress (after all, Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, was one).
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