Passion and Affect

Our findings reveal that passion matters not only with respect to situational affect experienced within the purview of the passionate activity, but also as pertains to general affect in life.  Indeed, harmonious passion is positively associated positive emotions during activity engagement, positive emotions and the absence of negative affect following task engagement, and the absence of negative emotions when prevented from engaging in the passionate activity. On the other hand, when controlling harmonious passion, obsessive passion is positively associated with negative emotions (especially shame) and least unrelated to positive emotions both during and following activity engagement. Obsessive passion is also strongly related to negative affect when one is prevented from engaging in the activity. Furthermore, results suggest that the positive affective experiences triggered by harmonious passion within the realm of the passionate activity linger at least to the end of the day and seem to generalize to one’s life in general. In addition, when one cannot engage in the passionate activity, obsessive passion leads to some emotional suffering (such as a drop in positive affect).