“An obsession is a way for damaged people to damage themselves more.”
-Mark Barrowcliffe

I’ve always believed that two key elements to conquer any difficult endeavor of life are passion and determination. But is there such a thing too much passion? Can you ever love something (or someone) so much that it comes a hindrance more than an ascension.

There can be, when passion becomes obsession.

What is the key difference between the two (besides the obvious aftermath)? Passion is often described as a “strong emotion and barely controlled emotion.” Obsession carries over the same tendencies but clinically, is described as “compulsive.”

When you’re passionate about something, you might stake everything you can to attain it but are still conscious enough to know what you’re doing. So you do it to the best of your ability and leave the rest up to God or the universe.

For example, if you want to pass a test, the best direction to go in is to study for it as diligently as possible. That’s where your part ends. Obsession might make you crack open the textbook over and over again well after studying to the point that it will result in more perplexity than intelligence.

In doing research for this topic which I briefly touched upon last year as well, I came across several articles that had neurologists explaining what obsession has the potential to do scientifically. For one thing, the tension that obsession leaves you with in brain cells is far more lingering than tension of conquering a passion.

Secondly, when pursuing a passion, the work for that passion might dominate other tasks but we have the ability to come back. For example, you maybe writing a book that you’re convinced can become a bestseller if published. So you write for it day and night and give it all your attention. But if approached correctly, you’re still able to engage in a leisure activity with your significant other like a dinner or a movie.

Many health experts say that with obsession, that kind of disconnect becomes much more difficult. When you’re obsessed, during dinner or even during moments of intimacy, all you’ll think about is your obsession, even at the cost of other important things. In the process, you not only hurt yourself but also end up hurting those around you.

Chase your dreams with full passion and determination. Give your ambitions all the time they need to come to fruition. But just remember while doing so: your goal is to make your dreams fit your passion, not the other way around.

Have you ever felt obsessed about something to the point of it becoming a thorn in your life? Have you ever felt overly consumed by an endeavor that ended up hurting you in long run? Do you agree that obsession is more lethal than zealous? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.

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