DEBATE: The inevitable decline of mindfulness

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Abstract

The use of mindfulness meditation as a well-being and clinical tool is being deeply challenged on various fronts. The recent failure of showing its salutary effects on schoolchildren, in a large-scale study, which stands as the most expensive study in the history of meditation science (£6.4 million), is accompanied by growing evidence of potential adverse effects associated with mindfulness practice. It is suggested that the heightened enthusiasm surrounding the benefits of mindfulness led academics to use facile metaphors to promote it (such as comparing the mind to a muscle) and distorted its presentation - both in disseminating overhyped findings and in neglecting the report of adverse effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-423
Number of pages2
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume27
Issue number4
Early online date2 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

Keywords

  • Mindfulness
  • adverse effects
  • mental health
  • children

Themes

  • Faith and Peaceful Relations

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