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ERIC Number: ED198471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 17
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Absorption, Creativity, Peak Experiences, Empathy, and Psychoticism.
Mathes, Eugene W.; And Others
Tellegen and Atkinson suggested that the trait of absorption may play a part in meditative skill, creativity, capacity for peak experiences, and empathy. Although the absorption-meditative skill relationship has been confirmed, other predictions have not been tested. Tellegen and Atkinson's Absorption Scale was completed by undergraduates in four separate studies. Subjects (N=117) in Study 1 also completed several cognitive measures of creativity. Subjects (N=106) in Study 2 completed two measures of their tendency to have peak experiences. Subjects (N=123) in Study 3 completed Hogan's Empathy Scale. Subjects (N=101) in Study 4 completed the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Results suggest that absorption is associated with creative ability, the tendency to have peak experiences, a capacity for empathy, and psychotic pathology. The research suggests that absorption, hypnotic susceptibility, creativity, the tendency to have peak experiences, empathy, hypochondriosis, paranoia, psychasthenia, and hypomania are all aspects of the psychoticism dimension of personality proposed by Eysenck and Eysenck. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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