Operationalizing mindfulness without unnecessary attachments

Steven C. Hayes, Chad Edward Shenk

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There are scientific advantages to defining mindfulness in terms of the psychological processes involved. Doing so, however, necessarily uncouples mindfulness from any given technology, including meditation. Defining mindfulness in terms of the self-regulation of attention and a posture of acceptance seems progressive, but there are underlying philosophical attachments in the proposed definition that might limit its applicability if they are treated too rigidly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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