Awe (emotion)

Awe (emotion)

Awe is an emotion comparable to wonderhttp://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/articles/keltner.approaching-awe.pdf] but less joyous, and more fearful or respectful. However whilst we say that we feel wonder at the rainbow we do not say we feel in awe of the rainbow. In general awe is directed at objects considered to be more powerful than the subject. [Cf. Edmund Burke "And it may be observed, that young persons, little acquainted with the world, and who have not been used to approach men in power, are commonly struck with an awe which takes away the free use of their faculties." A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful", Part II, Section V.] For example, a commonly identified object that inspires awe is the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Awe is defined in Robert Plutchik's Wheel of emotionscite web|url=http://www.fractal.org/Bewustzijns-Besturings-Model/Nature-of-emotions.htm|title=The Nature of emotions|last=Plutchik|first=Robert|accessdate=2008-07-17] as a combination of surprise and fear.

Notes and References

[http://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/articles/keltner.approaching-awe.pdf Approaching Awe Document]

A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Part II, Section V.


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