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date: 11 December 2019

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Meaningful emotional experiences in nature are common occurrences, but are often overlooked in the study of human-nature interactions. A subset of these experiences, which we identify as environmental epiphanies, or experiences that shift the fundamental self-nature relationship, can have profound impacts on environmental values, attitudes, and behavior. In this chapter, we explore the concept of environmental epiphanies in the context of previous empirical research, practical applications, and potential for future research. We describe findings from an initial study of this phenomenon, suggesting links to existing literature as well as places to begin future studies. We specifically highlight land management applications and contend that results from environmental epiphany studies could have widespread practical applications as well as improve our current understanding of human-nature interactions.

Keywords: environmental epiphanies, environmentally responsible behavior, environmental values, emotional experiences in nature, human-nature interactions

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