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Meditation, personality and arousal

West, Michael (1980) Meditation, personality and arousal. Personality and Individual Differences, 1 (2). pp. 135-142. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

A questionnaire survey of people who had learned a technique of meditation was carried out to assess persistence with practice, perceived effects of meditation practice and subjective experiences during meditation. The results suggested that a significant proportion give up meditating (42.9%) and that the subjective experience of meditation was similar to that of the hypnagogic state. Reported effects of meditation were generally physiological and psychological benefits related to relaxation. A personality questionnaire was also distributed and the results suggested that those attracted to meditation are significantly more neurotic and introverted than the general population but that those who continue with meditation are significantly less neurotic than those who give up their practice. These findings are discussed in terms of regression effects and in relation to a theory of personality and arousal.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 57341
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2012 11:46
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57341

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