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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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A History and Definition of Passion

A History and Definition of Passion

(p.14) Chapter 2 A History and Definition of Passion
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a history of the concept of passion through the ages from both philosophical and psychological perspectives. Based on this historical review, a definition of passion is presented where passion may be seen as a strong inclination toward a specific object, activity, concept, or person that one loves, values, and that has some ties to one’s identity, leading one to invest time and energy in the activity (or object, or person), and to develop a long-lasting involvement in it. Further, such passion may be experienced in either an active or passive fashion, mainly leading to positive or negative outcomes, respectively.

Keywords:   passion, obsession, philosophy, psychology, identity

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