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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 Physical Health

Passion and Physical Health

(p.219) Chapter 9 Passion and Physical Health
The Psychology of Passion

Robert J. Vallerand

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the role of passion in health is addressed. It is first proposed that a growth-oriented health model provides a more complete view of both the illness and wellness perspectives in health, in which the person can play an active role in his or her health and where passion can contribute to wellness and prevent illness. Three pathways through which passion can affect health are then documented. Specifically, the role of both types of passion in heavy and sustained engagement in physical activity is documented. Furthermore, research is reviewed that supports the role of harmonious passion in providing one with energy and vigor (or prevention of the opposite, exhaustion) both during and following activity engagement. Finally, the mediating role of affective states in the passion-health relationship is also documented.

Keywords:   passion, health, wellness, illness, energy, vigor, exhaustion

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