Maybe your French–new wave preoccupation induces you to buy way too many boatneck striped shirts and attempt the occasional ill-fated Brigitte Bardot–inspired bouffant/eyeliner situation. But even this fixation can be parlayed into something useful; instead of turning away, head into it full-throttle. Instead of listening to that Serge Gainsbourg record a millionth time, par exemple
, learn French. (After all, it's been proven that learning new skills helps your brain to get brainier
. Same goes for fixation on a silly YouTube "Call Me Maybe" cover video that induces you to take up the ukulele, or Top Chef
habit that manifests itself in advanced-home-chemistry experiments. Like, you know, gumbo.