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It all started from a blog post written by Anna from A Naturist World, for the International Women’s Day, entitled “Women and Naturism” (A Naturist World is a membership-based social networks for nudists and naturists). Towards the end, Anna writes about her passion for naturism, which is something that resonated deeply as I am truly passionate about naturism and nudism. Then, following a comment I added to the post, Anna replied, “It seems impossible to properly consider naturism without it becoming a passion.” That’s a fascinating statement, I told myself. I had to put my brain on it and trying to understand why some naturists, like Anna, are passionate about naturism.
Passion, a Definition
As usual, I cannot think thoroughly about a topic without going to the root of its meaning. So I went to the Merriam-Webster and found quite a few definitions, two catching my attention:
Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
A strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept
The first definition relates to en emotion, the second to love. In both cases, the adjectives intense and strong indicate the level passion operates at: high! I continued looking for more definitions and explanations about passion. The article What Is Passion and What It Means To Have Passion provided additional information to reinforce the intensity of passion: “Passion is a strong desire that can get you to do amazing things”.
The interesting point here is the presence of action. Passion can be the fuel of doing. Not doing simple things, but “amazing” things. I started to see that passion was an incredible feeling that drove humans in a positive way. But I was puzzled that in the Merriam-Webster anger and suffering were mentioned. Like many things in life, could passion have two sides? I found some elements of answers in the article Passion 101 of Psychology Today. I pondered over the quote of the philosopher Immanuel Kant: “Nobody wishes to have passions. For who wants to be put in chains when he can be free”? So passion can chain you.
The article goes on making a difference between “an adaptive, positive form called ‘harmonious’ passion and a harmful form called ‘obsessive passion’”. And here it was, the dark side of passion, the one that becomes obsessive, s …