The Psychology of Passion: A Dualistic Model

Hardcover | May 13, 2015

byRobert J. Vallerand

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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 typicallyleads 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, andviolence. He also discusses the development of passion and reviews a range of literature on passion for activities.

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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...

Robert J. Vallerand is Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, and Fellow of the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on motivational proc...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199777608

ISBN - 13:9780199777600

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction1. Introduction2. A History and Definition of PassionPart 2. Theory and Method3. The Dualistic Model of Passion4. The Method of Passion5. The Development of PassionPart 3. Intrapersonal Consequences6. Passion and Cognition7. Passion and Emotions8. Passion and Psychological Well-Being9. Passion and Physical Health10. Passion and Performance and CreativityPart 4. Interpersonal Relationships, Intergroup Relations, and Societal Consequences11. Passion and Interpersonal Relationships12. Passion and Intergroup and Societal OutcomesPart 5. Conclusion13. ConclusionReferences