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The Psychology of Passion

The concept of passion is one we regularly use to describe our interests, and yet there is no broad theory that can explain the development and consequences of passion for activities across people's lives. In The Psychology of Passion, Robert J. Vallerand presents the first such theory, providing a complete presentation of the Dualistic Model of Passion and the empirical evidence that supports it. Vallerand conceives of two types of passion: harmonious passion, which remains under the person's control, and obsessive passion, which controls the person. While the first typically leads to adaptive behaviors, the obsessive form of passion leads to less adaptive and, at times, maladaptive behaviors. Vallerand highlights the effects of these two types of passion on a number of psychological phenomena, such as cognition, emotions, performance, relationships, aggression, and violence. He also discusses the development of passion and reviews a range of literature on passion for activities.
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Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction ; 1. On the Concept of Passion ; 2. A History and Definition of Passion ; Part 2. Theory and Method ; 3. The Dualistic Model of Passion ; 4. The Method of Passion ; 5. The Development of Passion ; Part 3. Intrapersonal Consequences ; 6. Passion and Cognition ; 7. Passion and Emotions ; 8. Passion and Psychological Well-Being ; 9. Passion and Physical Health ; 10. Passion and Performance and Creativity ; Part 4. Interpersonal Relationships, Intergroup Relations, and Societal Consequences ; 11. Passion and Interpersonal Relationships ; 12. Passion and Intergroup and Societal Outcomes ; Part 5. Conclusion ; 13. Summing Up ; References

About the Author

Professor Robert J. Vallerand is a Full Professor of Social Psychology at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on motivational processes. He has published 7 books and over 300 scientific publications. Prof Vallerand has served as President of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Positive Psychology Association. He is a Fellow of over a dozen learned societies including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and several others. He has also received the Donald O. Hebb Career Award from the Canadian Psychological Association and the Sport Science Award from the International Olympic Committee.


The Psychology of Passion: A Dualistic Model is an outstanding monograph offering the researcher and advanced student a thorough introduction to the Dualistic Model of Passion (DMP). * Cynthia L. S. Pury, in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61, No. 2, January 2016 *

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