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date: 22 September 2019

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Now and then people may have exceptional experiences with music, “peak experiences,” which leave powerful impressions in their memory. The music absorbs the listeners and shuts out everything else. It evokes strong emotions and a lot of other reactions, from purely physical responses to experiences of existential and spiritual character. The experience is, moreover, influenced by various personal and situational factors and may lead to a new view on music and what it can mean for well-being, health, and quality of life. References are made to studies on trance and altered states of consciousness as well as to studies on flow, on concepts in positive psychology, and on experiences in everyday listening to music.

Keywords: music, peak experience, emotion, absorption, flow, trance, positive psychology, health, quality of life

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