Awe: A Powerful Tool for Collective Healing with Dr. Dacher Keltner (Series SRIW, Ep 6, 207)

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Show Notes

The neuroscience of awe as an antidote to our stress response system

In this series, Secure Relating in an Insecure World, we've covered tough topics head-on. It is, therefore, fitting that we close the series with something scientifically hopeful to help us stay in our secure selves so we can stay engaged and active as social advocates and not collapse in overwhelm.

The science of this specific feeling of awe has garnered much attention for good reason.  Our guest today has spent decades exploring the sensation and documenting how to develop it in everyday life. We have all experienced these small moments that allow us to shift our mindset away from ourselves and into something so bigger. Co-hosts Sue Marriott and Dr. Ann Kelley discuss the power of awe with guest expert Dr. Dacher Keltner where they explore the science, the mystical and the hope of awe as an inspirational tool for collective healing.

“You can be outdoors by yourself, you can be listening to an amazing passage of music, you can think about somebodywhose life really inspires you. You have this urge to connect, to be part of community, to be good to other people, to share with other people, to make the world and your community a little bit better – that tells us something fundamental about the DNA of Awe.” – Dr. Dacher Keltner

Time Stamps for Awe

2:15 – What is awe?

3:31 – Physiology during moments of awe

8:21 – One of Dr. Keltner's most striking discoveries about awe

8:57 – Understanding everyday awe

10:11 – The role of curiosity in awe

13:31 – The power of music

14:27 – The 8 wonders that bring us awe

21:20 – Collective effervescence

25:38 – Alan Cowen & Dacher Keltner's experiential maps

27:36 – Awe in animals

32:16 – How awe can sometimes lead you astray

40:17 – Using awe as a tool for younger generations

Resources for today's episode on the feeling of “awe”

DacherKeltner.comPersonal website full of research, books, videos, and other resources 

Greater Good Science CenterResource center with podcasts, quizzes, articles & videos 

Science of HappinessPodcast by the Great Good Network 

AlanCowen.comVisuals of mapping emotion

You can purchase his most recent book, here!!

About our Guest – Dr. Dacher Keltner

Dr. Keltner is one of the world’s foremost emotion scientists. He is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of the Greater Good Science Center. He has over 200 scientific publications and six books, including Born to Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox. He has written for many popular outlets, from The New York Times to Slate. He was also the scientific advisor behind Pixar’s Inside Out, is involved with the education of healthcare providers and judges, and has consulted extensively for Google, Apple, and Pinterest, on issues related to emotion and well-being.

 

 

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