Mindfulness in Mental Health: A Critical Reflection
We were recently invited to write a paper for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Psychology, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Brain Stimulation. Our contribution (which was co-authored with our friend and colleague Professor Mark Griffiths) was entitled ‘Mindfulness in Mental Health: A Critical Reflection’. In light of the substantial growth of scientific and public interest into the health-related applications of mindfulness, our paper discussed whether the scientific evidence for mindfulness-based interventions actually merits their growing popularity amongst mental health practitioners, scientists, and the public more generally. We concluded that mindfulness-based interventions have the potential to play an important role in mental health treatment settings. However, due to the rapidity at which mindfulness has been taken out of its traditional Buddhist setting, and what is possibly evidence of media and/or scientific hype concerning the effectiveness of mindfulness, we recommended that future research should seek to:
The full reference for the article is shown below, and the article can be downloaded (free of charge) from here: Mindfulness_A critical reflection 2015
Article Reference: Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). Mindfulness in Mental Health: A Critical Reflection. Journal of Psychology, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Brain Stimulation, 1(1), 102.
Ven Edo Shonin & Ven William Van Gordon
Category: ResearchTags: Adverse Effects of Mindfulness, Behavioural Change, Behavioural Interventions, Buddhism, Buddhist Mindfulness, Critique of Mindfulness, Health-related Applications of Mindfulness, Intervention Effect, Journal of Psychology, Media Hype, Mental Health, Mindful Awareness, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Future Directions, Mindfulness in Mental Health: A Critical Reflection, Mindfulness research, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Brain Stimulation, Prof Mark Griffiths, Psychological Interventions, Psychological Wellbeing., Risks of Mindfulness, Scientific Evidence for Mindfulness, Scientific Hype, Spiritual Intervention, Treatment Applications of Mindfulness, Ven. Edo Shonin, Ven. William Van Gordon