#456 – The Nature and Nurture of Passion with Gregg Levoy

Gregg Levoy

Gregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin), and the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—-rated among the “Top 20 Career Publications” by the Workforce Information Group. He is also the former “behavioral specialist” at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today.

As a speaker, he has presented at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, National Conference on Positive Aging, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and many others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.

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One Comment

  1. Rich Featherly
    Posted May 25, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Journalist like Gregg Levoy certainly have plenty of interesting things to talk about. One thing I’m left wondering is how the word passion changed from it’s original meaning of suffering. I suppose we could guess that our passions (new meaning) often come from our suffering. I heard once that Joseph Campbell regretted saying “follow your bliss” because so many took it to mean follow your id and wished he had said “follow your blisters”.
    I have also pondered the preponderance of vampires and zombies in the media and agree that it could be caused by our growing sense that aspects of our culture can have the effect of sucking our life force out of us.
    I’m a little uneasy about having grief about times in the past that we didn’t follow our passion. I suppose if you have grief about it, then you should. Otherwise I don’t think we can say for certain that any part of our past was wasted or wrongly spent. Perhaps every action and non action was essential for our learning and development. Perhaps certain individuals need to spent a portion of their life stuck in traffic to learn what they need to learn.