The Effect of Self Transcedent, with Dr. Patty Van Cappellen

The Effect of Self Transcedent, with Dr. Patty Van Cappellen


What was interesting too is that this
increase in spirituality happened because there were other changes
happening at the same time. So we also measured other basic core beliefs we
have about the world that life is meaningful that people are benevolent
those are like beliefs we carry with us on a day-to-day basis which there is at
least a minimal level that we think okay this world makes sense and people are
not going to hurt me right now so we wanted to see if those kind of basic
beliefs were also changing as a function. And are you calling that spirituality is
that part of the question of how are you defining spirituality or that more like
a baseline like the world is good as a safe place? yeah I wouldn’t say that I
think it’s it often goes hand in hand with spirituality but there are many
people who wouldn’t call themselves spiritual who find that life is
meaningful and that people are benevolent. So I wouldn’t say that those
beliefs or spiritual there’s like more basic than that, but they’re moving in
they’re changing also based on self transcendence emotion so when you just
felt all or admiration you will find that the world is more meaningful and
that people are more benevolent. This is really important work this is really I
mean whether you’re a very good work because whether you’re very religious
and have a community to practice in and live with and like-minded folks or
whether you consider yourself spiritual and have your own practice or whether you
just think oh okay the world is an OK and kind place. That these
self-transcendent positive emotions they have an impact on all of those you know
spaces. Did you also look at self transcendent positive emotions with
people who thought the world might not be such a benevolent place it might be
malevolent? Did it move the negative emotions yeah more towards… We
haven’t because our participants were like participants from the community
with a pretty you know not a very low level at the baseline on those beliefs so they were starting with you know
generally thinking okay life is meaningful and people are benevolent but
that might be interesting like to think about application among clinical
population. Yeah that’s something I haven’t done

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