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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 Emotions

Passion and Emotions

(p.155) Chapter 7 Passion and Emotions
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the evidence on the relationship between passion and emotions. First, it is seen that although related, passion and emotions are nevertheless different constructs. Then, the relationship between affect and passion is reviewed. Overall, harmonious passion leads to a more positive affective tone than obsessive passion. Such a pattern is obtained in different contexts, such as during and after activity engagement, when prevented from engaging in the passionate activity, and following both success and failure in the passionate activity. Both forms of passion also play a role in the experience of different types of emotions, such as self-related affects (e.g. pride) and anxiety. Finally, the role of passion in affective forecasting (or attempting to predict how one will feel following a given event) is addressed. Research reveals that harmonious passion prevents the typical amplification bias, while obsessive passion does not provide protection against it.

Keywords:   passion, emotions, affect, affective forecasting, amplification effect, activity engagement

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