Paul Piff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is quoted in The Week, for his research on awe. By experiencing awe, people begin to stray away from a self-focused mindset and gain perspective.
From The Week:
"We regularly walk around in our daily lives thinking about what we need to do," says Paul Piff, an assistant
professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine. "We've gotta go to the grocery store or get to work.
It's me, me, me. We're very self-focused. But awe seems to reduce that, shifting on a very basic perceptual level
away from you toward something bigger than you. In so doing it kinda gets you to forget yourself and lose yourself."