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ERIC Number: ED027551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-5
Pages: 28
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Positive Experience and the Beautiful Person.
Landsman, Ted
The author believes that an aspect of human behavior being glossed over in psychological studies is the superb, beautiful person. He defines this individual as being: (1) free of abnormalities, (2) basically normal, well balanced, and mentally healthy, and (3) possessed of a unique group of characteristics which establish his being out of the ordinary. The author polled 681 people from age nine through 90 and asked them to write three positive experiences. The Enoblement Theory or Theory of Positive Human Experience evolved from these experiences. This theory consists of the following elements: (1) the major medium for molding the beautiful and noble person is the frequency and intensity of the subject's positive experiences expecially during childhood; (2) negative experience plays a part; (3) positive experiences is especially important in the presence of people significant to the individual; (4) it is important for the person to have worked for the experience; (5) knowledge facilitates the intensity of the experience; (6) variation adds power to the experience; (7) excitement experience is necessary; (8) individual differences exceed group differences in choice of experience; and (9) in the specific ennobling process, two parallel experiences predominate, helping another person and being helped by others. (Author/GG)
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Note: Presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Convention, April 5, 1968.