Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 121–133 | Cite as

On passion and moral behavior in achievement settings: The mediating role of pride

  • Julien S. Bureau
  • Robert J. Vallerand
  • Nikos Ntoumanis
  • Marc-André K. Lafrenière
Original Paper


The Dualistic Model of Passion (Vallerand et al. in J Person Soc Psychol 85:756–767, 2003) distinguishes two types of passion: harmonious passion (HP) and obsessive passion (OP) that predict adaptive and less adaptive outcomes, respectively. In the present research, we were interested in understanding the role of passion in the adoption of moral behavior in achievement settings. It was predicted that the two facets of pride (authentic and hubristic; Tracy and Robins in J Person Soc Psychol, 92:506–525, 2007) would mediate the passion-moral behavior relationship. Specifically, because people who are passionate about a given activity are highly involved in it, it was postulated that they should typically do well and thus experience high levels of pride when engaged in the activity. However, it was also hypothesized that while both types of passion should be conducive to authentic pride, only OP should lead to hubristic pride. Finally, in line with past research on pride (Carver et al. in J Res Person 44:698–703, 2010; Tracy et al. in Self Identity 8:196–213, 2009), only hubristic pride was expected to negatively predict moral behavior, while authentic pride was expected to positively predict moral behavior. Results of two studies conducted with paintball players (N = 163, Study 1) and athletes (N = 296, Study 2) supported the proposed model. Future research directions are discussed in light of the Dualistic Model of Passion.


Passion Moral behavior Pride Cheating 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julien S. Bureau
    • 1
  • Robert J. Vallerand
    • 2
  • Nikos Ntoumanis
    • 3
  • Marc-André K. Lafrenière
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Laboratory on Healthy Hierarchical RelationshipsUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement SocialUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontrealCanada
  3. 3.School of Sport and Exercise SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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