We Are the Champions, But How Do We Respond? Savoring and Dampening in Response to Championship Victories Among Passionate Sports Fans

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The aim of this research was to test if the ways passionate sport fans respond immediately after an important team victory depend on the extent to which passion is harmonious or obsessive. Fans of Liverpool F.C. (n = 299) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (n = 334) completed online surveys shortly after their teams had won an important championship game. Fans answered questions assessing passion and the extent to which they engaged in savoring (i.e., attempting to maintain, augment, or prolong positive emotions) and dampening (i.e., attempting to stifle positive emotions) after the victory. In both samples, the authors found that both harmonious and obsessive passion predicted greater savoring, but only obsessive passion predicted greater dampening. These findings build on previous research and suggest an additional reason for which harmonious and obsessive passion among sport fans tend to predict more and less adaptive outcomes, respectively.

Schellenberg is with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Verner-Filion is with the Département des sciences de L’éducation, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, QC, Canada. Gaudreau is with the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Schellenberg (ben.schellenberg@umanitoba.ca) is corresponding author.

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