22 Jun Passion
Passion is a beautifully raging thing, it has you by your heart and your soul.
Sometimes it speaks softly and often with fury.
It moves inside of you to act.
With passion, much is justifiable.
There are two types of passion and both are associated with one’s self-identity.
Harmonious passion – the activity is accepted by the individual as personally significant without any contingencies attached. One is not compelled to do the activity, but rather they freely choose to do so.
Harmonious passion is associated with positive emotions, concentration, and flow.
Obsessive passion – one’s self-esteem and perceived social acceptance are contingent on the engagement in the activity. It is characterized by feelings of guilt when activity conflicts with other responsibilities, such as family life and work. As well as the distraction and the lack of flow during the activity.
Obsessive passion predicts burn-out, reduction of participation in the activity, loss of motivation, disengagement from other responsibilities (family, work, relationships), negative emotions (disappointment, restlessness, irritability, guilt, frustration, resentment, anger), defensiveness and ego fragility such as narcissism.
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