Passion: Types of Passion and The Way to Explore it

By Nabila Choirunnisa   |  

Passion is a common term nowadays, especially for working adults and those who are looking for a job. The word “passion” often appears when someone talks about things they like. 

Passion is related to things you like. For example, having passion for something, things that make someone happy, and so on. Many believe that people with passion tend to have a greater chance of achieving success. 

However, not everyone can easily find their passion due to certain factors. If that’s the case, what is the definition of passion itself and how to look for it? To answer these questions, we will discuss the definition, benefits, and the way to explore passion in this article. Check out the following content to find out more about passion!

Definition of Passion

“Passion” simply means a great desire for something, enthusiasm, or a strong feeling and drive towards something. In Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia  (KBBI), passion means fondness, great desire, enthusiasm, emotion, anger, and anxiety.

It can be said that passion is someone’s desire to do something, based on high motivation, desire, and enthusiasm. It should also be noted that everyone has different passions. For example, A has a passion for physical activity, so he would feel happy and earnest from workout and exercise. Meanwhile, B prefers art, he would feel happy and excited while painting and so on. 

Passion is also related to a person’s tendency to prioritize things he does. Therefore, people tend to lose enthusiasm and passion when they are being asked to work on things that they don’t prefer. In summary, passion has a strong motivation and emotion attached to it. 

Many people treat passion as a positive impetus to achieve their life goals and lead them to long-term success. People who have a passion, especially at work, will experience a more rapid development and progress in whatever they are engaged in, as compared to people who do not have a passion.

In addition, those who work with passion tend to have less complaints about their work. People who work with passion also tend to have good performance as they always give their best in doing their job.

Types of Passion

In Psychology, there are two types of passion, which are harmony passion and obsession passion. They are both different in terms of the resulting effect.

Harmony Passion

Harmony Passion is a positive passion. Why? Reason being is people do things based on how much they like their work. For example, someone who has a passion for music, instead of just having that for fun, it can be a source of income as well. 

Through Harmony Passion, people would be happier because there is no conflict between the activities carried out and the principles they lead. This has a good impact on every step taken. For example, becoming more organized, having clear goals, and a better work result.

Obsession Passion

The second type of passion is Obession Passion, a negative passion. Obsession Passion is an external drive or factor when doing something. For example, the desire to get a high salary or position because of obligation and responsibility in order to support the family. 

This type of passion forces a person to do something even though the person does not like it and it is against their own principles. As a result, they do not have the ability to control the final result and the result may not be in accordance with their wishes.

Based on research, people who have an Obsession Passion tend to rarely be gentle and calm whenever they face problems or challenges. In addition, they have the characteristics of being intolerant of things that are contrary to their passion and obsession.

How to Explore Passion

Most importantly, we have to know the way of exploring passion. Here are some tips! 

  1. Think about things that make you happy and excited.
  2. Think about activities you enjoy the most, including things you enjoy talking about.
  3. Know your strengths and weaknesses. 
  4. Recall your childhood dreams or aspirations.
  5. Think about things that will affect the decisions you make.
  6. Think about your current job ask yourself a simple question : “Am I excited about doing this job? Does this job make me happy?”
Tags : career development, jobseeker, passions, skill

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