Passion

Individuals doing Passion are inclusive and use their enthusiasm to encourage people to engage in some new way. They are open and have the ability to engage everything whenever it comes up. It is the general form of engagement that allows people to connect with others. Passion is the most open and available Mode, allowing others to show up in whatever way they want in response to it. People in a Mode of Passion can seem uncontainable and unpredictable to others. Passion operates by inviting others to share their enthusiasm. It is this invitation that tends to level the playing field so that individuals feel comfortable finding some way to become part of the process. When doing a Mode of Passion naturally, people operate with a great intensity of feeling, attracting resources and people to whatever they do.

In this way, their heightened awareness of where they are relative to others allows them to know how and when to propose ideas that others will accept. At its best, Passion allows people to quickly actualize their potential by using their infectious energy to bring together the right people and resources so that the group accomplishes things quickly. The downside of Passion is that people can get lost in the process and forget everything but what they are working on in that moment. While many think that this experience of timelessness is refreshing and uplifting, it is likely that when overdoing Passion, people can be so involved that they are not paying attention to the schedule or sequencing of events necessary to accomplish things most effectively. Approximately 34% have a natural primary Mode of Passion, while 30% have Passion naturally in some way. One of the big fears of others around individuals in Passion is that no one is prioritizing what needs to be done to make sure the total solution comes into focus.

Passion imprinted are scared of their passion being repressed or subverted for the benefit of others. When not natural, Passion results in people becoming entangled. Those imprinted with Passion do not manifest openness and inclusiveness but instead have trouble unifying the various elements to make things happen. The result is that Passion imprinted people do not connect with others in ways that generate enthusiasm. They frequently miss or misjudge the underlying conflicts that undermine results being produced. All activities are seen to have a downside, that they fear will overcome them. They keep themselves subtly distanced from what is going on so that they do not have to take responsibility for when things do not occur. Passion imprinting is more a process of acting like individuals care and are involved, when in reality they do not and are not. Being naturally Passionate and also having an imprint of Passion can result in greater unpredictability.

We find ourselves sometimes caught up in our fears, which limits our willingness to engage and at other times, adventurous and daring in our commitment to make things happen. This occurs because of the shifts between our fears and desires. It is particularly challenging for others to work with these individuals because they require constant attention to make sure they do not fall into and get lost in their fears. In other words, when one is both imprinted and naturally Passionate, they need to consciously separate out their personal interests from the group interests or else they will feel submerged in and limited by the process. Passion imprinted individuals can become overly passionate and find themselves in relationship with others who do not accept their passion, which sets them up to be hurt. Many Passion imprinted individuals are therefore conscious and do passion only when they cannot be hurt or affected by how things work out. This teaches them detachment. Those with primary Passion do not check with themselves before jumping into passion. Individuals who are imprinted in Passion learn to sequence their responsiveness based on seeing what others are doing, and engaging in a preprogrammed way only to the degree that they feel met. Passion imprinting thus limits their willingness to expose themselves and be available to those who have demonstrated their loyalty.

Primary Focus—To learn the lesson of identification: losing themselves in projects, persons or goals.
Responsive characteristics— Self-actualization (experience of heightened awareness), realization, intensely alive, energetic, open, involved, dramatic.
Reactive characteristics—Identification (loss of identity), taking the part as the whole, no boundaries, not “I have a problem,” but “I am the problem.”
Number of individuals primarily using this mode: 10%.
Examples: Whoopie Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Charles, Warren Beatty, Dudley Moore, Jerry Lewis, Flip Wilson, Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Meg Ryan, Dustin Hoffman

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