West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

The Eleventh Emotion
by Kathy Strawer
Director, Lifespan Faith Development

October 9, 2011

Towards the end of his life, neuropsychologist Paul Pearsall devoted his studies to awe and dubbed it the "eleventh" emotion, one that follows the more easily defined and scientifically accepted ten emotions of love, fear, sadness, embarrassment, curiosity, pride, enjoyment, despair, guilt and anger. Experiencing this complicated emotion that offers the sublime requires us to engage in a certain amount of letting go -- of control, expectations and safeguards. How might we do that?

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