Is Mindfulness Effective?

Do you practice mindfulness?  Here’s an interesting piece questioning the evidence that it is effective.  Here’s how I think about it: mindfulness is an emotion-focused coping strategy (one that tries to help us escape or modify our emotions in the moment); evidence suggest these strategies can be helpful when we face a situation that cannot be changed.  When we face a situation that CAN potentially be changed, then problem-focused coping strategies (ones that actively prepare to address, and address the problem) may be more effective.

What do you think?
2016-12-01T16:30:26+00:00 November 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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  1. jennifer tobin haydock November 30, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    This is fascinating. I pretend to practice mindfulness–as in I frequently take deep “cleansing” breaths when a situation feels stressful, and I do mindful breathing and recite my mantra when insomnia hits–but I cannot claim to be someone who meditates anymore. I am interested in the problem-focused strategies and don’t think the two need to be separated.

    Thanks, Hallam! This is a great question.

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