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There's no doubt about it, South Africans are a nation of sports lovers.

But at what point does one go from being a sports fan to a sports FANactic, and what impact can that have on a relationship?

CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King spoke to behavioural scientist Dr Josh Klapow to find out.

Because we're talking about sports, it almost seems like something too silly for us to say could be a real emotional problem, but we've seen examples of where fans have taken it way too far.

Dr Josh Klapow, psychologist

Dr Josh says the issue is not the amount of time spent watching a particular sport, but the impact it has on your real-life obligations.

[Sport] is a sense of escape. It's a place we can go in our heads and our hearts to belong. So in that way it's a wonderful emotional release, but when you cross over and say 'oh well I only broke the TV set' or 'I only put my hand through the door' or the extreme 'I hurt my partner because my team lost' - that is not being a sports fan, that means you have an impulse control issue.

Dr Josh Klapow, psychologist

So could you have an unhealthy obsession with sport? Here are a few things Dr Josh says should raise red flags if you find yourself answering 'yes'.

  • Thinking about sport while doing other things.

  • Becoming irritated or agitated when a game/match is interrupted.

  • Missing important family events to watch a game.

  • Becoming depressed, angry or violent when your team loses.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Josh Klapow below:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Is your partner's sport obsession ruining your relationship? #AskDrJosh

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