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Advances in Psychological Science    2012, Vol. 20 Issue (11) : 1834-1842     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2012.01834
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The Concept, Construct and Functions of Inspiration
LIU Ya;ZHOU Chang-Jiang;YANG Ha-Tao
(1 School of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China) (2 School of Management, Xinjiang Agricultural University, Urumchi 830052, China)
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Abstract  Inspiration can be defined as a psychological trait and also a temporary state. As both a psychological construct and an appetitive motivational state, inspiration is conceptualized as having three core characteristics: motivation, evocation and transcendence. State inspiration is evoked by some trigger stimuli and motivates individuals to approach targets. “By” and “to” components are two separate processes of state inspiration. Relative to positive affect, inspiration involves comparable motivation, greater transcendence, and lesser responsibility. Inspiration can energize the creativity, promote mental health and enhance well-being. Future research should focus on the domain-specific inspiration, the generalizability of inspiration as a psychological construct, the methods of induction of inspiration, and the mechanisms underlying the influence of inspiration on mental health and well-being.
Keywords inspiration      creativity      mental health      well-being     
Corresponding Authors: LIU Ya   
Issue Date: 01 November 2012
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LIU Ya,ZHOU Chang-Jiang,YANG Ha-Tao. The Concept, Construct and Functions of Inspiration[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2012, 20(11): 1834-1842.
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