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What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?

I am curious about when people developed a long standing passion and what caused them to become inspired by the topic/activity. Did you discover it on your own or was it the result of the modelling of others. Is there greater motivation to act primarily for self improvement or for the betterment of others?


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  • Aug 31 2011: My greatest passion is simultaneously about self improvement and the betterment of others. I am passionate about understanding my own inner world and "baby" experiences as well as helping other people understand theirs. As a psychotherapist I strongly believe these two worlds are interwoven, and if I dont do my inner work I can not help others combat the anxiety and depression so prevelant within our society. I am dedicated to this, not just for a few years, but as a way of life. For myself and for my clients. I believe strongly that if each individual can understand their inner world and hold onto their "baby" selves, that society as a whole will benefit. This is especially true of my speciality, the Psychology of Parenting. Helping parents feel more balanced and integrated will in turn help them raise children who are more attached and thus less likely to experience anxiety and depression themselves. Happier parents mean happier children, and happy families mean a happy community.
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      Sep 1 2011: Hi Patricia, Please clarify what you mean by "baby selves." Thanks

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