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The Psychology of Passion: A Dualistic Model

Robert J. Vallerand


This book is about the psychology of passion. It traces the concept of passion from the ancient Greeks to philosophers to present-day psychologists. Based on past theoretical writings, the Dualistic Model of Passion is presented. This model defines passion as a strong inclination toward an activity (or an object, or a person) that one loves, highly values, and regularly engages in, and that becomes part of the person’s identity. Further, the model posits that there are two types of passion: harmonious and obsessive. With harmonious passion, one chooses to engage in the activity that one loves; ... More

Keywords: passion, psychological well-being, health, relationships, performance, creativity, intergroup relations, contributions to society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199777600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Vallerand, author
Professor and Director, Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Qc, Canada