There are two kinds of passion associated with work, and only one of them is beneficial. There is obsessive passion, in which people are “inflexibly, excessively and compulsively committed, finding it difficult to disengage,” according to cognitive scientist and personality psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. These people risk burnout, he writes at the HBR Blog Network. And there is harmonious passion, in which people feel in control of their work, feel good about themselves while working, and find their work is harmonious with other activities.
[via: Are You Obsessively Passionate About Your Work? If So, You Risk Burnout, Expert says at the ABA Journal]