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The psychology of hobbies (The connection between hobbies and personalities)
By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.
The psychology of hobbies
Why do people have different hobbies?
Each single action that a person takes reflects his psychological makeup and hobbies are no different. Some people say that humans develop hobbies in order to get a relief from the stressful world they live in and while this fact is 100% true still it didn't explain why each person decides to get rid of that stress in a different way?
Hobbies reflect the inner most desires of people, help them fulfill their unmet needs and make them feel special as you will see in the next few lines.
The connection between hobbies and personalities
Here are few reasons that motivate people to develop certain hobbies.
People do the same hobbies for different reasons
Do all people who do a certain hobby do it for the same exact reason?
Gym addicts for example might be showy people who want to attract attention, power seekers who want to become strong, narcissistic ones who want to be the best, girls who want to prove that they are tough, men who want to prove that they didn't get old or even people who have self doubts concerning their looks.
So you can't just say that a person has certain personality traits just because he likes a certain hobby but instead you need to get to know more about that person's beliefs about his hobby and the way it fits in his mental framework.
Courage and the lack of hobbies
All people, without exception, have unmet needs however not all of them try to satisfy these unmet needs. People who blame others, act like victims or have external locus of control are less likley to develop any hobbies even if they have certain important needs.
Sometimes people develop hobbies as a result of their courage to pursue their important needs. For example, some people use their hobbies to tame their fears. Some surfers or people who get involved into more dangerous sports do this in order to prove to themselves or to others that they are brave.
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