Passion and Interpersonal Relationships
Research showed that having a balanced harmonious passion can positively affect not only the quality of the relationship as we experience it, but also as experienced by our partner. The opposite is also true for obsessive passion. Also, results from studies on the interpersonal effects of passion for an activity on the quality of the relationships that we develop within that activity revealed that the behavior of harmoniously and obsessively-passionate individuals is picked up by their partner and influences their satisfaction with the relationship.
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