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Making Mindfulness: Highlighting the Social and Existential Dimensions
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (Socialpsykologi, Social Psychology)
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborgs universitet, 2014.
Keyword [en]
mindfulness, social mindfulness, existential mindfulness, Buddhism, resilience, logotherapy, psychological stages, hermeneutic methods
National Category
Religious Studies Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12056ISBN: 978-91-88348-55-5 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12056DiVA: diva2:913486
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2014-03-14, Lilla hörsalen, Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6, Göteborg, 13:15
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Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet

Available from: 2016-03-21 Created: 2016-03-21 Last updated: 2016-03-22
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1. A four-dimensional model of mindfulness and its implications for health
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A four-dimensional model of mindfulness and its implications for health
2014 (English)In: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, ISSN 1941-1022, E-ISSN 1943-1562, Vol. 6, no 2, 162-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Psychological Association (APA), 2014
National Category
Social Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-9521 (URN)10.1037/a0036067 (DOI)000336573700008 ()2-s2.0-84900539934 (ScopusID)
Available from: 2014-06-18 Created: 2014-06-18 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved
2. How Mindfulness Becomes Mindlessness – A Hermeneutical Approach
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Mindfulness Becomes Mindlessness – A Hermeneutical Approach
2013 (English)In: Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, ISSN 2321-2799, Vol. 1, no 4, 187-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last several decades the practice of mindfulness has grown to become one of the most widespread applications in the West, so much so that it now rivals words such as yoga and meditation in terms of public recognition. The aim of this paper is twofold. Firstly it intends to shed light on mindfulness as a concept and practice that is rooted in Theravada Buddhism. As understood in terms of Buddhism’s ontological soteriology, mindfulness (sati) involves the practice of “right meditation” (samma sati) as a means of realizing one’s true nature, escaping the cycle of birth and death (samsara) and attaining the ultimate goal of nirvana through wisdom (panna) and the ethics of the eightfold path (magga). Secondly, this paper aims to highlight mindfulness as a popular form of intervention and therapy among health care professionals and private therapists in the West. It is fairly well accepted that mindfulness techniques such as MBSR, MBCT, DBT and ACT have been beneficial in terms of treating various illnesses. Unfortunately, in the process of transforming mindfulness (or sati) from a Buddhist soteriological to a postmodern Western ontology, the practice has lost a bit of its true soul. The paradox of mindfulness in the West is that while, on the one hand, its various modern formations have been effective when it comes to the treatment of illness, on the other, it has been commercialized as a form of quick-fix healing by certain therapists and instructors. This East-West paradox will be analyzed herein in terms of a hermeneutical approach.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Asian Online Journals, 2013
Keyword
Mindfulness, Mindlessness, Hermeneutic, Buddhism, Mindfulness-Based Intervention
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8743 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2016-03-21

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