Awe and the Natural Environment


Vastness and accommodation underlie the prototypical experience of awe. Guided by this analysis, in the first section, we discussed nature as an elicitor of awe. Second, we reviewed recent research that clarified the appraisals, facial and vocal displays, physiological, and personality correlates of awe. Then, we examined correlational and experimental findings that demonstrated the psychological and epistemological consequences of awe. Lastly, we described individual variations in the experience of awe. Still in a nascent form, the new science of awe is yielding important discoveries, which indicate the potential power of awe in shaping individuals' life toward greater growth and well-being.

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Encyclopedia of Mental Health: Second Edition