Why ‘Find Your Passion’ Is Such Terrible Advice, The New York Times, 21 April 2019

The New York Times‘ “Smarter Living” newsletter published an article about finding one’s passion, and carried comments by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul O’Keefe who published research in 2018 on how two different ‘implicit theories of interest’ impacted how people approach new potential passions. The article noted that Asst Prof O’Keefe was part of a team that found that people who hold a fixed theory had less interest in things outside of their current interests, were less likely to anticipate difficulties when pursuing new interests, and lost interest in new things much quicker than people who hold a growth theory.


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