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Meditation, personality and arousal

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1980
<mark>Journal</mark>Personality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)135-142
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A questionnaire survey of people who had learned a technique of meditation was carried out to assess persistence with practice, perceived effects of meditation practice and subjective experiences during meditation. The results suggested that a significant proportion give up meditating (42.9%) and that the subjective experience of meditation was similar to that of the hypnagogic state. Reported effects of meditation were generally physiological and psychological benefits related to relaxation.

A personality questionnaire was also distributed and the results suggested that those attracted to meditation are significantly more neurotic and introverted than the general population but that those who continue with meditation are significantly less neurotic than those who give up their practice.

These findings are discussed in terms of regression effects and in relation to a theory of personality and arousal.