How do you define passion

By Johanna Martina Dorsch, social therapist
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Passion is a feeling that perfectly captures a person's mind. However, a distinction is made between passion in science and in everyday use. Read more about it here.

What is passion

Passion is not the same as passion: the socially recognized passion is more the passion. It relates to activities such as sports, collecting, certain types of play, or the arts. In everyday use, the term passion describes the intensive occupation with special interests. This concept of passion in everyday language can then still be free from desires.

Scientifically, however, passion is defined as follows: Passion is expressed as a violent emotion on the basis of a sensual desire.

When you think of passion, love inevitably comes to mind. In this context, passion represents an emotion in which reason is largely switched off. The desire for freedom turns into surrender in passion.

What does passion lead to?

If someone gets into an obsessive passion, not only the underlying (and mostly unfulfillable) desire becomes clear. The person affected also clearly feels the associated defeat. Such a passion can dominate a person in whole or in part. It is then described as a dominant desire that wipes out all other interests.

Usually this also creates an interaction: the more one gets used to the unattainability, the more their striving increases involuntarily. This leads to a mental disorder that can develop into mania. The person thinks that he only feels alive in manic striving, but at the same time suffers from the previously anticipated inaccessibility.

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