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.

Chirico, A., Voce "Awe", in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham 2020: 1-9. 10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_30-1 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/153877]

Awe

Alice Chirico
2020

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.
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The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible
9783319983905
Palgrave Macmillan
Chirico, A., Voce "Awe", in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham 2020: 1-9. 10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_30-1 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/153877]
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