Positive Perspectives Series on Awe

Each book in the Positive Perspectives Series is about creating positive perspectives of awe from some of the synonyms or related words of awe.

What is awe anyway? If you look up dictionary definitions, you can come across many words to explain astonishing and wonderful experiences of awe. You can also read in some dictionaries about very negative experiences of the word “awe” that began in English more than five-hundred years ago. Although some dictionaries still treat “awe” and “fear” as synonyms, in reality, the definitions of “awe” have changed significantly in five-hundred years.

Have you experienced positive awe? Have you ever been somewhere, seen, or heard something that made you stop in your tracks? Have you tasted or smelled something that was so astonishing that you couldn’t move forward? If you remember these times, were they were so stunning that you couldn’t forget them? When you were experiencing those extraordinary moments, you were enjoying the wonderful experience of awe.

The purpose of the Positive Perspectives Series in the twenty-first century is to focus on positive perspectives on awe and some of the synonyms or related words of awe.  

Positive Perspectives on Awe and Self-Respect

For most people in this twenty-first century era, “awe” is not based on archaic definitions of awe as a synonym of fear. For example, synonyms of awe in Merriam-Webster are not about fear but about positive words such as admiration, amazement, astonishment, and wonder. Rather than hanging onto five-hundred-year-old definitions of the relationships between awe and fear, a much more beneficial process is to define awe in positive perspectives about your own self-respect.