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Mindlessness : the corruption of mindfulness in a culture of narcissism

Author: Thomas Joiner, Jr.
Publisher: New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2017. ©2017
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"A contemplative practice with Buddhist roots, mindfulness is "the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present-moment, non-judgmentally." Practicing mindfulness can be an effective adjunct in treating psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. But have we gone too far with mindfulness? Recent books on the topic reveal a troubling corruption of mindfulness practice  Read more...
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Joiner, Thomas, Jr.
Mindiessness : the corruption of mindfulness in a culture of narcissism.
New York, New York : Oxford University Press, c2017
214 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Joiner, Jr.
ISBN: 9780190200626 0190200626 9780190200633 0190200634
OCLC Number: 1069558890
Description: 1 online resource (225 pages)
Contents: Introduction : favor the penguin and fear the "selfie" --
Authentic mindfulness --
The perils of distraction from evidence and of other flights of fancy --
Our culture of self-regard : the stare of Narcissus --
The Adam of your labors : further societal consequences of solipsism --
Carthage must be destroyed : potential solutions.
Responsibility: Thomas Joiner, PhD.

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"A contemplative practice with Buddhist roots, mindfulness is "the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present-moment, non-judgmentally." Practicing mindfulness can be an effective adjunct in treating psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. But have we gone too far with mindfulness? Recent books on the topic reveal a troubling corruption of mindfulness practice for commercial gain, with self-help celebrities hawking mindfulness as the next "miracle drug." Furthermore, common misunderstanding of what mindfulness really is seems to be fueled by a widespread cultural trend toward narcissism, egocentricity, and self-absorption. Thomas Joiner's Mindlessness chronicles the promising rise of mindfulness and its perhaps inevitable degradation. Giving mindfulness its full due, both as a useful philosophical vantage point and as a means to address various life challenges, Joiner mercilessly charts how narcissism has intertwined with and co-opted the practice to create a Frankenstein's monster of cultural solipsism and self-importance. He examines the dispiriting consequences for many sectors of society (e.g., mental health, education, politics) and ponders ways to mitigate, if not undo, them. Mining a rich body of research, Joiner also makes use of material from popular culture, literature, social media, and personal experience in order to expose the misuse of mindfulness and to consider how we as a society can back away from the brink, salvaging a potentially valuable technique for improving mental and physical wellbeing."--

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