passion

Passion

Passion (Greek πάσχω “to suffer, to be acted on”[1] and Late Latin (chiefly Christian[2]passio “passion; suffering” (from

Latin pati “to suffer”; participle: passus)) is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone

or something. Passion can range from eager interest in or admiration for an idea, proposal, or cause; to enthusiastic

enjoyment of an interest or activity; to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person. It is particularly

used in the context of romance or sexual desire, though it generally implies a deeper or more encompassing emotion than that implied by the term lust.

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The standard definition for emotion is a “Natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or

relationships with others”.[5] Emotion,[6] William James describes emotions as “corporeal reverberations such as

surprise, curiosity, rapture, fear, anger, lust, greed and the like.” These are all feelings that affect our mental perception

. Our body is placed into this latter state, which is caused by one’s mental affection. This state gives signals to our body which cause bodily expressions.

The philosopher Robert Solomon developed his own theory and definition of emotion. His view is that emotion is not

a bodily state, but instead a type of judge. “It is necessary that we choose our emotions, in much the same way that we

choose our actions”[7] With regard to the relationship between emotion and our rational will, Solomon believes that

people are responsible for their emotions. Emotions are rational and purposive, just as actions are. “We choose an

emotion much as we choose a course of action.”[8] Recent studies, also traditional studies have placed emotions to be

a physiological disturbance. William James takes such consciousness of emotion to be not a choice but a physical

occurrence rather than a disturbance. It is an occurrence that happens outside of our control, and our bodies are just

affected by these emotions. We produce these actions based on the instinctive state that these feelings lead us towards.

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