Awe

  • Alice ChiricoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_30-1
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Abstract

If experiences of profound transformation have a core moment, that can be awe, an emotion able to maximize the possibility to change especially through its self-transcendent nature. Awe arises from stimuli so vast to prompt people to go beyond their current schema. Awe would drag people into a deep moment of uncertainty in which assimilation process fails, but accommodation has not successfully taken place yet. In this middle-suspended moment of extreme potential, everything might occur. This entry started with the current psychological definition of awe; then, it summarizes main researches in this field. Finally, I outlined the transformative nature of this phenomenon – as a self-transcendent emotion – and a new perspective to frame it in relation to a sense of possibility to change.

Keywords

Awe Transformation Change Possibility 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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