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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. (1 School of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China) (2 School of Management, Xinjiang Agricultural University, Urumchi 830052, China)
  • Received:2012-01-16 Online:2012-11-15 Published:2012-11-01
  • Contact: LIU Ya

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.

Key words: inspiration, creativity, mental health, well-being