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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 Development of Passion

The Development of Passion

(p.87) Chapter 5 The Development of Passion
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the issue of the development of passion. First, processes relevant to the initial development of passion are discussed. Then, a review of the literature is presented on some of the factors involved in both the initial and the ongoing development of passion. A number of social and personal factors are found to be relevant. Factors that sustain one’s autonomy as pertains to activity engagement facilitate the initiation and maintenance of harmonious passion. Conversely, factors that impose pressure and control on the individual foster the development and maintenance of obsessive passion. Research on the role of need satisfaction in the development of passion is reviewed. Two types of need satisfaction are found to be important: that experienced within the passionate activity and that experienced in the rest of the person’s life. Finally, the transformation of passion is addressed.

Keywords:   passion, social factors, personal factors, autonomy, need satisfaction

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