Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/614194
Title:
MOTIVATIONS FOR MEDITATING
Author:
VNUK, VICTORIA ANN
Issue Date:
2016
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Abundant research quantifies the effects of different meditation practices, however little work has been done to investigate the motivations individuals have for starting or continuing their practice. This study investigated individuals' motivations for starting and continuing meditation practice through an online, open-ended survey. Participants were 401 adult, Englishspeaking practitioners from 33 states and 27 countries with any kind of meditation practice. Using grounded theory, seven over-arching themes for practicing meditation were identified. The study supported previous work demonstrating that motivations for practicing meditation move along a continuum of self-regulation to self-exploration to self-liberation over time (Shapiro, 1992). The study also revealed increases in altruistic motivations over time, suggesting that over time motivations for meditating become less self-focused. These results have implications for motivational models of how meditation practices are established and maintained.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
meditation; motivation
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
Bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mehl, Matthias

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleMOTIVATIONS FOR MEDITATINGen_US
dc.creatorVNUK, VICTORIA ANNen
dc.contributor.authorVNUK, VICTORIA ANNen
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractAbundant research quantifies the effects of different meditation practices, however little work has been done to investigate the motivations individuals have for starting or continuing their practice. This study investigated individuals' motivations for starting and continuing meditation practice through an online, open-ended survey. Participants were 401 adult, Englishspeaking practitioners from 33 states and 27 countries with any kind of meditation practice. Using grounded theory, seven over-arching themes for practicing meditation were identified. The study supported previous work demonstrating that motivations for practicing meditation move along a continuum of self-regulation to self-exploration to self-liberation over time (Shapiro, 1992). The study also revealed increases in altruistic motivations over time, suggesting that over time motivations for meditating become less self-focused. These results have implications for motivational models of how meditation practices are established and maintained.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
dc.subjectmeditationen
dc.subjectmotivationen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelBachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorMehl, Matthiasen
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