Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Mindfulness

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness Author: Katie Witkiewitz, Corey R Roos, Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Sarah Bowen Hogrefe Publishing Group US$ 29.8; pp76; ISBN: 978-0-88937-414-0

Mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) is taking on an ever-expanding meaning as interest in mindfulness grows among clinicians and researchers. The new book, Mindfulness, provides a brief and simplified introduction to the current applications of mindfulness in psychotherapy and MBI. It covers the terminology and definition of mindfulness, theories and models in MBI, assessment, indications, and treatment. This book briefly describes the historical roots of mindfulness (which are based on the teachings of the Buddha), and how these practices were translated into western science and medicine. There is also a chapter comparing eastern and western perspectives on mindfulness and the difference between them. This is important in understanding current MBI.

The chapters on assessment for mindfulness provide comprehensive details in multiple aspects. Mindfulness can be considered a practice, a state, or a trait. The author lists the tools that are currently used in measuring mindfulness in these areas. The book also covers objective and subjective measures of mindfulness, as well as the measures of constructs related to mindfulness.

In the treatment section, the author discusses the importance of a personal mindfulness practice to the therapist. …

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