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It's on the tip of my brain! #191862
07/09/10 05:18 PM
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I know there is a word to describe the act of doing exactly what one wants to do, even though one knows one oughtn't.

For example: I know I shouldn't eat this entire tray of brownies but I will anyway, because I want to.

This concept can be expanded to define a philosophy that asserts that people will always do exactly what they want, because if they didn't want to do it, they wouldn't.

Perhaps it ends in 'esis- or 'gesis'? For some reason I'm wanting to say "Achresis" but I'm pretty sure that word just doesn't exist.

I've been up and down the internet, my dictionary, and my bookshelves (because I know I encountered it in a book sometime in the past year or so) but I'm still at a loss. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
val

Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: val_t] #191863
07/09/10 06:36 PM
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welcome, val!

selfish? narcissistic?


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Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: val_t] #191864
07/10/10 12:44 AM
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Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: val_t] #191869
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Welcome, val. I ran *gesis through Onelook, and it's not that. Though the religious ref.'s made me think of the word sinning, but I can't imagine that's what you're looking for. (And running sin through the thesaurus didn't work, either.)

Then I tried *esis...and there are so many that I'm going to ask you to check the list yourself. Sorry I couldn't be of help. Though perhaps tsuwm might know off the top of his head.

Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: Jackie] #191870
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Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: Avy] #191871
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What do you want, Val, egg in your beer?

Precedence precedes usage. As in...

Id: instinctual impulses and demands for the immediate satifaction of primitive needs.

-ious: indicates "full of".


What? You want something with "bling"? smile

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Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: jenny jenny] #191872
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And if you're happy after eating a whole plate full of brownies there's something seriously wrong with your digestive system.

My definition of junk food is food that you want to keep eating even after it starts making you vaguely ill.

Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: Faldage] #191873
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Faldage- I believe your definition of junk food is also the definition of Monosodium Glutamate. wink

Jenny- 'idious' would work... although it's too reminiscent of 'idiocy' for my comfort. :P

Thanks, all, for you kind suggestions, but I'm afriad it's still escaping me. I've been reading a lot of Nick Hornby recently, and I'm thinking it must have come from there... it seems like a concept his characters would apply, no? I'll find it eventually.

Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: val_t] #191914
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Originally Posted By: val_t
I know there is a word to describe the act of doing exactly what one wants to do, even though one knows one oughtn't.

For example: I know I shouldn't eat this entire tray of brownies but I will anyway, because I want to.

This concept can be expanded to define a philosophy that asserts that people will always do exactly what they want, because if they didn't want to do it, they wouldn't.


All my medical brain can offer is compulsion. However, I'm not sure this is the word you're looking for, and I'm pretty sure that it would be inappropriate to use it for the philosophy you describe.

Re: It's on the tip of my brain! [Re: val_t] #193040
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What's wrong with Hedonism? I don't mean that as a philosophical question, but as a possible answer to the original post.

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