Development of Passion

Our results provided support for the role of activity selection and valuation, identity processes, and autonomy support from significant adults in the development of a passion. Also, our results demonstrated that people with an autonomous personality are more likely to internalise the activity in their identity in an autonomous fashion (i.e., willingly, without any external or internal pressure) thereby leading to harmonious passion. Similarly, a controlled personality is more conducive to the internalisation of an enjoyable and valued activity in a controlled manner, thus leading to obsessive passion.

Mageau, G.A., Vallerand, R.J., Charest, J., Salvy, S.-J., Lacaille, N., Bouffard, T., & Koestner, R. (2009). On the development of harmonious and obsessive passion: The role of autonomy support, activity specialization, and identification with the activity. Journal of Personality,77, 601-645.