Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion.

@article{Keltner2003ApproachingAA,
  title={Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion.},
  author={Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2003},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={
          297-314
        }
}
In this paper we present a prototype approach to awe. We suggest that two appraisals are central and are present in all clear cases of awe: perceived vastness, and a need for accommodation, defined as an inability to assimilate an experience into current mental structures. Five additional appraisals account for variation in the hedonic tone of awe experiences: threat, beauty, exceptional ability, virtue, and the supernatural. We derive this perspective from a review of what has been written… CONTINUE READING

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