Repetition compulsion — I’ve seen this movie before…

Freud gave us many weird and wonderful explanations as to why we do the things we do. Today, I am going to focus on one of the most toxic, “repetition compulsion”, the desire to return to an earlier state of things. Behind this relatively innocuous term lies a host of problems that can ruin people’s lives and relationships. In its more benign form, you may feel compelled to always order the same thing at your favourite restaurant, or always take the same route home, even though there are other yummy foods and other easy ways to get home.