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Dialectics of mindfulness: implications for western medicine

Dialectics of mindfulness: implications for western medicine
Dialectics of mindfulness: implications for western medicine
Mindfulness as a clinical and nonclinical intervention for a variety of symptoms has recently received a substantial amount of interest. Although the application of mindfulness appears straightforward and its effectiveness is well supported, the concept may easily be misunderstood. This misunderstanding may severely limit the benefit of mindfulness-based interventions. It is therefore necessary to understand that the characteristics of mindfulness are based on a set of seemingly paradoxical structures. This article discusses the underlying paradox by disentangling it into five dialectical positions - activity vs. passivity, wanting vs. non-wanting, changing vs. non-changing, non-judging vs. non-reacting, and active acceptance vs. passive acceptance, respectively. Finally, the practical implications for the medical professional as well as potential caveats are discussed.
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Sauer, Sebastian
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Lynch, Siobhan
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Walach, Harald
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Kohls, Niko
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Walach, Harald
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Kohls, Niko
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Sauer, Sebastian, Lynch, Siobhan, Walach, Harald and Kohls, Niko (2011) Dialectics of mindfulness: implications for western medicine. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 6 (1), 10. (doi:10.1186/1747-5341-6-10).

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Mindfulness as a clinical and nonclinical intervention for a variety of symptoms has recently received a substantial amount of interest. Although the application of mindfulness appears straightforward and its effectiveness is well supported, the concept may easily be misunderstood. This misunderstanding may severely limit the benefit of mindfulness-based interventions. It is therefore necessary to understand that the characteristics of mindfulness are based on a set of seemingly paradoxical structures. This article discusses the underlying paradox by disentangling it into five dialectical positions - activity vs. passivity, wanting vs. non-wanting, changing vs. non-changing, non-judging vs. non-reacting, and active acceptance vs. passive acceptance, respectively. Finally, the practical implications for the medical professional as well as potential caveats are discussed.

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Published date: 17 May 2011
Organisations: Medical Education

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Local EPrints ID: 370078
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/370078
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Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 21:41

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Author: Sebastian Sauer
Author: Siobhan Lynch
Author: Harald Walach
Author: Niko Kohls

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