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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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The Dualistic Model of Passion

The Dualistic Model of Passion

(p.43) Chapter 3 The Dualistic Model of Passion
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the Dualistic Model of Passion is presented, along with its underlying assumptions. Specifically, an organismic approach to self-growth is adopted and posits that passion for activities leads to the highest levels of self-growth. In addition, the issue of identity and self-processes are discussed. The role of the social environment in the internalization process is underscored. Furthermore, two types of internalization processes, autonomous and controlled, are hypothesized to take place, leading to the harmonious and obsessive passions respectively. Finally, the harmonious and obsessive passions are described, as well as their hypothesized effects on different types of outcomes both within and outside the purview of the passionate activity. Harmonious passion is seen as leading to more adaptive outcomes, while obsessive passion is hypothesized to facilitate much less positive consequences and at times clearly negative outcomes.

Keywords:   passion, harmonious passion, obsessive passion, organismic, identity, self-growth

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