Jump to navigation Jump to search This article anatomie Descriptive, Volume 4 PDF about the preoccupation of mind. For other uses, see Idée fixe. This article contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry.
An idée fixe is a preoccupation of mind believed to be firmly resistant to any attempt to modify it, a fixation. The name originates from the French idée, « idea » and fixe, « fixed. Although her husband did not reproach her, she became like a woman possessed, continually begging for his forgiveness. This he readily gave, but her guilt—and his imagined umbrage—had become for her an idée fixe. Unable to stomach food, she went into a decline and died soon thereafter.