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The Psychology of PassionA Dualistic Model$
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Robert J. Vallerand

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777600.001.0001

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Passion and Intergroup and Societal Outcomes

Passion and Intergroup and Societal Outcomes

(p.309) Chapter 12 Passion and Intergroup and Societal Outcomes
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role of passion in intergroup relations and societal outcomes. While harmonious passion positively contributes to people’s affect and relations to members of other groups, obsessive passion leads to hatred and negative behavior toward other groups, especially when the self is threatened. Passion also leads to high involvement in a given cause, such as protecting the environment or promoting a political cause. However, the type of means selected to reach the cause varies as a function of the type of passion. Harmonious passion leads to engaging in means that allow one to reach the cause while engaging in other life activities (multifinal means), and to use democratic actions to do so. Conversely, obsessive passion leads to using extreme and radical actions to reach the envisioned goal, as well as counterfinal means that may actually prevent one from pursuing other activities.

Keywords:   passion, intergroup relations, multifinal, counterfinal, harmonious passion, obsessive passion

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