Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 743–757

On the role of harmonious and obsessive romantic passion in conflict behavior

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11031-013-9354-5

Cite this article as:
Carbonneau, N. & Vallerand, R.J. Motiv Emot (2013) 37: 743. doi:10.1007/s11031-013-9354-5


Using the dualistic model of passion (Vallerand et al. in J Pers Soc Psychol 85:756–767, 2003), the present research examined the role of harmonious and obsessive romantic passion in individuals’ engagement in destructive behavior during conflict and in reparative behaviors following conflict with one’s partner. Results revealed that harmonious and obsessive passion were respectively negatively and positively related to engagement in destructive conflict behavior. In addition, harmonious passion was positively related to reparative behaviors following conflict while obsessive passion was not significantly related to this outcome. Importantly, these results held whether data were obtained by asking participants to recall about how things typically happen when they experience conflict with their partner (Study 1) or whether diary data were averaged across days when conflict actually happened (Study 2). Results underscore the importance of distinguishing harmonious from obsessive romantic passion.


Romantic passionConflict behaviorDualistic model of passion

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement SocialUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada