Self-esteem and passion for activities

Marc André K. Lafrenière, Jocelyn J. Bélanger, Constantine Sedikides, Robert J. Vallerand

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The Dualistic Model of Passion (Vallerand, 2010) regards passion as a strong inclination toward a self-defining activity that one loves, values, and in which one invests a substantial amount of time and energy. The model proposes two distinct types of passion, harmonious and obsessive, that predict adaptive and less adaptive outcomes, respectively. We hypothesized that individuals relatively high on explicit self-esteem would experience higher levels of harmonious passion, given their implementation of relatively adaptive self-regulatory strategies. Individuals relatively low on implicit self-esteem, on the other hand, would experience higher levels of obsessive passion, given their ego fragility and defensiveness. Participants completed the Passion Scale, the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, and the self-esteem Implicit Association Task. Path analyses revealed that, consistently with hypotheses, explicit self-esteem positively predicted harmonious passion, whereas implicit self-esteem negatively predicted obsessive passion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-544
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Implicite self-esteem
  • Passion
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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