Passion for A Cause
For a number of people, the passionate activity they engage in is related to a cause or an aspiration that transcends the self and has implications for society. Results from research suggest that in the long run, harmonious passion may lead to the most desirable forms of behavior toward reaching the cause and eventually to best serve the cause. While it may help the cause to some extent by leading to the adoption of effective and acceptable behaviors, obsessive passion may at the same time hurt the cause by promoting the use of unacceptable extreme behaviors.
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