Thrill and Adventure Seekers: Affective Organization of Personal Meaning of Extreme Weather
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages: 75-79
Received: Dec. 4, 2013; Published: Dec. 20, 2013
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Piotr Próchniak, Department of Psychology, Pomeranian University, Poland
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The aim of the article is the analysis of the personal meaning of extreme weather among a Thrill and Adventure Seekers. There are two affective motives, which play an important role in the analysis of personal meaning of extreme weather: (1) the striving for self-enhancement, (2) the longing for the unification with nature. Furthermore, the process of meaning construction can be examined on the basis of two types of emotions: positive and negative ones. In the research on the personal meaning of extreme weather a modified version of H. Herman's Self-Confrontation method and the Thrill and Adventure Seeking Scale of M. Zuckerman`s were used. 130 students (M = 20.40; SD = 1.5) were asked about personal experiences concerning the elements of nature: the thunderstorm, the fog, the heavy rain, the strong wind and the snowstorm. The results have indicated that a Thrill and Adventure Seekers in contact with severe weather conditions tend to reveal: score higher on the level of desire for self-enhancement, the level of positive emotions or the level of the longing for the unification with nature and score lower on the level of negative emotions than controls.
Keywords
Risk Taking, Sensation Seeking, Valuation Theory, Weather
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Piotr Próchniak, Thrill and Adventure Seekers: Affective Organization of Personal Meaning of Extreme Weather, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 75-79. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20130206.12
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