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Forms of Activity & Interpersonal Relations

    Harmonious Activities

    • People who have a great deal of passion for a particular activity have a tendency to attract other people to them. However, putting so much focus on that activity can cause a person to develop stress and negative emotions. Psychologist Frederick Philippe theorized that people can have either harmonious passion or obsessive passion when they engage in an activity. Harmonious passion allows the activity to become a significant part of the person's identity, but is not an overpowering aspect. With harmonious passion, the person has control over when they take part in the activity. The person engages in the activity for pleasure, rather than because of an obsession. Those who have a harmonious passion are capable of turning down an activity when they need to do something more important, even if the activity brings them much pleasure.

    Obsessive Activities

    • With obsessive passion, the person does not have control over the activity. The activity might be connected to emotions, such as the desire for social acceptance or self-esteem. People can't help but engage in activities due to their lack of self control. Unlike harmonious activities, those who engage in obsessive activities do not necessarily experience pleasure. They may experience anxiety or guilt while engaging in the activity. These emotions can make them less attractive to other people. Physchologist Chantal Séguin-Lévesque found that those who have a harmonious relationship with Internet usage do not experience interpersonal conflict in romantic relationships in the same way as those who have an obsessive passion for the Internet may experience.

    Student Activities

    • With obsessive passion, the person does not have control over the activity. The activity might be connected to emotions, such as the desire for social acceptance or self-esteem. People can't help but engage in activities due to their lack of self control. Unlike harmonious activities, those who engage in obsessive activities do not necessarily experience pleasure. They may experience anxiety or guilt while engaging in the activity. These emotions can make them less attractive to other people. Psychologist Chantal Séguin-Lévesque found that those who have a harmonious relationship with Internet usage do not experience interpersonal conflict in romantic relationships in the same way as those who have an obsessive passion for the Internet may experience.

    Couple Play

    • Couple are more likely to stay together when they have joint leisure activity and recreation. Married couples that play together feel more satisfied by their marriage, according to researchers from Brigham Young University. Recreation activities help couples fight off boredom and also increases positive communication.



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