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Two Types of Passion – One that Helps and One that Hinders

Having a passion seems to be the one universal trait found in the happiest, most driven people. Best selling author Shawn Anchor says that meaning and happiness cannot sustain themselves in isolation for long. To get to your passion, you need to identify your purpose. Simon Sinek famously calls it your why. A teacher who is clear on their purpose, is a teacher who has passion.

Researchers have identified two types of passion: harmonious passion and obsessive passion.

Harmonious passion is an internalization that leads individuals to engage in activities that bring them joy, whereas obsessive passion is an internalization of an activity that creates a pressure that can lead to rigid persistence and have a negative affect.

When you find harmonious passion, you find psychological well-being that is often paired with inspiration, positivity and empathy.

Conversely, obsessive passion is often intrusive and paired with negative emotions and can therefore be debilitating and confining.

Authors Jody Carrington and Laurie McIntosh in Teachers These Days argue that finding your harmonious passion starts with getting clarity about why did you get into educating other people’s children?

When you are clear on your purpose, you will have the passion you need to be amazing.

Source Teachers These Days – Jody Carrington and Laurie McIntosh