Feeling awe or wonder awakens “self-transcendence”, helping people to get closer to their true, “authentic” self, suggests a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes. The researchers define awe as a “challenge that exceeds the scope of individuals’ mental structures, requiring cognitive accommodation”, and self-transcendence as “reaching beyond one’s self-boundary”. They argue that awe and self-transcendence “ invigorate the pursuit of the authentic self”...

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