Positive Psychology and Changing the World in Harmony: On the Role of Passion for a Cause

[Speaker] Vallerand, Robert J J:1
1:Universite du Quebec a Montreal (Canada)

Societal changes necessitate energy, resolve, and persistence. I propose that passion is necessary to sustain such high involvement in a cause. In this invited presentation, I present a Dualistic Model of Passion (Vallerand, 2015) that serves to explain people's actions for a given cause. Passion is defined as a strong inclination for a self-defining activity (or ideal or cause) that one loves, values, and spends a considerable amount of time on. Two types of passion exist: a harmonious passion (the passion remains under the person's control) and an obsessive passion (the passion controls the person). Research supporting the model is presented, including research dealing with involvement in causes. It will be seen that harmonious passion promotes adaptive behavior leading to changing the world in harmony while obsessive passion leads to more extreme behavior. Implications for different types of causes and directions for future research are proposed.
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