Awe Therapy: Fundamentals, Formulation and Usage Area

  • Fuat Tanhan Van Yüzüncü Yıl University
  • Mehmet Engin Deniz Yıldız Teknik University
  • Gülşah Ezgican Kızılok Van Yüzüncü Yıl University


Human life is in danger of losing the ties with humanity and spirituality as a result of massive dependency on digitalization, modern life and advancements. A potential solution is the cultivation of awe feeling in the field of psychology, which is an emotional perception of wonder and admiration, i.e., witnessing a massive view such as Grand Canyon, a sky full with hundreds of stars or undergoing a mystical experience. In this study, first the literature was meticulously scanned and the researches on awe were compiled within the framework of what this feeling is, its formulation, philosophy. Then, awe's usage areas in Existential and Transpersonal psychology are given, and in addition, therapy suggestions that can strengthen this feeling in patients are also presented. Consequently we believe that awe should be used more in therapies for the elevation of public health and life satisfaction.