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The Psychology of Passion


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Preface PART I: Introduction 1. On the Concept of Passion 2. A History and Definition of Passion PART II: Theory and Method 3. The Dualistic Model of Passion 4. The Method of Passion 5. The Development of Passion PART III: Intrapersonal Consequences 6. Passion and Cognition 7. Passion and Emotions 8. Passion and Psychological Well-Being 9. Passion and Physical Health 10. Passion and Performance and Creativity PART IV: Interpersonal Relationships, Intergroup Relations, and Societal Consequences 11. Passion and Interpersonal Relationships 12. Passion and Intergroup and Societal Outcomes PART V: Conclusion 13. Summing Up References About the Author Index

About the Author

Robert J. Vallerand, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on motivational processes and is the author of 7 books and over 300 scientific publications. Over 20 of his former students are university professors. He has served as President of the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology (SQRP), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Professor Vallerand has been elected a Fellow of over a dozen learned societies including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Society for Social Psychology and Personality Psychology (SPSP). He has also received a number of distinguished career awards including the Adrien Pinard Award (SQRP), the Donald O. Hebb Career Award (CPA), the Christopher Peterson Gold Medal Award (IPPA), as well as the Sport Science Award from the International Olympic Committee.


"After reading this book, it is clear that one should want harmonious passion and not obsessive passion in almost all cases. By the end of the book, the reader is undoubtedly convinced that two forms of passion exist and that many aspects of a person's life can be influenced--for good or bad--by which type of passion he or she has." --PsycCRITIQUES "I've long been passionate about the work of Robert Vallerand, and have regularly pointed others to it. This award-winning book is now the go-to resource for anyone who wishes to learn-from one of the foremost scientists in positive psychology-how and when people's passions contribute or detract from their wellbeing." --Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; author of Positivity and Love 2.0 "Although people often talk about passion, it received very little empirical attention until Robert J. Vallerand turned his scientific eye to the topic. In this book, he uses motivational concepts to distinguish harmonious from obsessive passions, and he reviews extensive research showing both the bright and dark consequences of these passions. Vallerand's rigorous work on passions is accompanied by real-life examples that will have meaning for all readers, bringing to life this important area of psychology." --Edward L. Deci, Gowen Professor, University of Rochester; author of Why We Do What We Do "In his highly original program of research, Professor Vallerand explores a fascinating, novel psychological construct, that of passion. It turns out that passion isn't reducible to a high degree of motivation, and that while in its obsessive manifestation it can override other concerns, it can also be harmoniously integrated with individuals' varied preoccupations. This intriguing and well-supported work is a must-read for all those for whom motivation represents a quintessential psychological concept that drives all behavior." --Arie W. Kruglanski, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

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