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Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 743–757 | Cite as

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

  • Noémie Carbonneau
  • Robert J. Vallerand
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Romantic passion Conflict behavior Dualistic model of passion 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The research was facilitated by Grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and by the Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) to the second author and by a SSHRC Fellowship to the first author.

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

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