How do mystical experiences in nature differ from mystical experiences in human-built environments?


Mystical Experiences in Nature

Abstract

Although research in ecopsychology commonly identifies the value of spiritual experiences in nature for psychological well-being and environmental behavior, previous research has not compared the outcomes of these experiences in natural and human-built settings. In the present study, the relationship between self-reported mystical experiences in natural and human-built environments for psychological well-being and environmental behavior was investigated. Sample of 305 participants completed an amended version of Hood's Mysticism Scale, a measure of psychological well-being, and brief environmental behavior scale. Correlations indicated that mystical experiences in natural and in human-built environments both significantly predicted psychological well-being, but only mystical experiences in natural settings predicted environmental behavior. This study suggests that mystical experiences in natural and human-built environments may be related to different outcomes.

 

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Citation

Snell, T., & Simmonds, J. (2015). Mystical experiences in nature. Archive For The Psychology Of Religion-Archiv Fur Religionspsychologie37(1), 169-184.

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