Are you passionate about anything? Is there anything that you love doing so much, makes you excited to do the specific work or compels you to think? You may be thinking, is passion really something that has to do with the brain? What are you passionate about? How can the differentiation be done between passion and obsession?
Passion is been criticized negatively nowadays. There remain so many write-ups about the negative impacts of passion. It is a matter of humor that most people consider passion to be a moving cause, where in reality passion is the consequence. “You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling, than feeling yourself into action.” Jerome Bruner.
The pronominal discussion remains the same and there is a fine line between passion and obsession, but they are very different. Defining from a basic dictionary level; Passion refers to “a strong and barely controllable emotion” whereas Obsession is “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a personal mind.”
The fine line is distinguished as passion is barely controllable whereas an obsession is uncontrollable. The distinction comes as harmonious passion is the good kind and obsessive passion is bad.
A generic overview of harmonious passion indicates a person partakes in activities that he/she enjoys, that finds important, and spends considerable amounts of time on. The most important aspect of this kind of passion is that he/she is doing it out of his/her free will. Harmonious passion thrives humans to do big, enhancing the way of life. The biggest difference between harmonious and obsessive passion indicates the healthy passions mean enjoying an activity for itself. Not for secondary gains.
Obsessive passion is like the distressing part more likely getting upset that you had to break your daily activity schedule, that your plans were been rained out. When there is the obsessive passion the mind loses its control to overcome it. It’s an ‘overriding urge where you can’t make rational discussions. The harmonious passion which is linked to better mental health when you’re in charge of passion, as opposed to being controlled by the urges.’ Obsessive passion creates a hard resist urge.
“What it all boils down to is control.” When you cross the line from passion into obsession, you lose control and the lack of the subject robs you of joy. While having passions can be very fulfilling, give meaning to your life, and can be a source of joy. It’s good to be considerate of not letting them turn into an obsession. Harmonious passion is far more correlated with being in a flow state than obsessive passion.
“We should be careful not to exhaust our available time on things that are merely good and leave little time for that which is better or best.”The quote of Dallin Oaks emphasizes the constraint corner.
Passion is most prominently something that makes life worthy to survive. It’s something we prefer to do so much that it becomes part of our identity. The obsessive passion which is when you’re passionate about takes the place of other things and often infringes on other aspects of life.
The world and media portray obsessive passion as the thing we should want. It’s sexy and extremely artistic and completely fueled by emotions. Confidence is another word of self-trust. And with obsessive passion, you come to trust yourself less and less because your behavior is extremely based upon the emotions of the moment.
A passion is extreme but the aspect of time isn’t present. An obsession stays all the time. We all have passions but how many times have we given up passion after a while? The only people who succeeded are obsessed with what they do. How long it may take or how difficult it may be, how high the probability of failure is. It doesn’t matter to them, because they cannot stop thinking about it all the time.
You certainly already have a passion. So, the context is can you look deep down within yourself and seek your obsession? If passion makes you start, obsession makes you continue.
Being so enthralled in an activity or something that you do can be therapeutic and increase your sense of wellbeing among having some other positive effects. Obsessive passion is when you become so engrossed in an activity you’re passionate about; you internalize it onto your identity in a controlled fashion. Usually, this control is due to some kind of pressure, social or otherwise, that almost coerces you to continue the activity.
Written by: Abir Sur
Abir Sur is a student of East West University. He is experienced in organizing quite a few socio-cultural activities and has now engaged himself with Gen Lab and is dealing with several SDGs.