Mindfulness research’s huge problem with uninformative control groups – by James C Coyne – June 2016
Are enthusiasts protecting cherished beliefs about the power of mindfulness from disconfirmation?
Do any advantages of mindfulness training disappear in a fairly matched cage fight with a treatment of comparable frequency and intensity?
Finally, a more thorough look at the research indicates that mindfulness is more a placebo response than a treatment. It makes no sense that it’s recommended by medical experts in the place of effective medication. Continue reading
Here are a couple of articles about the pathetic failure of quick mindfulness training from the British Research Digest:
Brief mindfulness training does not foster empathy, and can even make narcissists worse – Research Digest – May 2017 – by Emma Young (@EmmaELYoung) Staff Writer
“for narcissistic people, their cognitive empathy was actually reduced.” Continue reading
Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density – free full-text article – /PMC3004979/ – 2012 Jan
Sometimes the healthcare industry promotes complicated expensive treatments for issues that have simple home-made solutions.
Therapeutic interventions that incorporate training in mindfulness meditation have become increasingly popular, but to date, little is known about neural mechanisms associated with these interventions.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), one of the most widely used mindfulness training programs, has been reported to produce positive effects on psychological well-being and to ameliorate symptoms of a number of disorders. Continue reading
Prescribing Mindfulness Allows Doctors to Ignore Legitimate Female Pain – Feb 2018 – by Sarah Yahm
A few years ago, after a series of cascading injuries and illnesses that rendered me unable to type, drive, or sleep, I briefly became a professional patient.
Like all of my professions, I took it seriously. I went to appointments armed with lists of well-researched questions written down neatly on my yellow legal pad, brought in the occasional medical journal article, and compiled detailed descriptions of my array of increasingly bizarre symptoms.
My goal was to get my doctors to take me seriously so they would dive into the complexities of my case. Continue reading
Whether we feel happy, engaged and full of energy is derived from the belief that we are in harmony with the world around us.
We maintain this sense of harmony by viewing ourselves, others and the events around us in a relatively benign light: things are fine, we’re safe.
When we perceive the slings and arrows of life as non-events – when we can say: ‘It is what it is’ – we can face difficult circumstances and effectively disarm potential emotional landmines. Continue reading
Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation Perspectives on Psychological Science – Oct 2017
During the past two decades, mindfulness meditation has gone from being a fringe topic of scientific investigation to being
- an occasional replacement for psychotherapy,
- tool of corporate well-being,
- widely implemented educational practice, and
- “key to building more resilient soldiers.
Yet the mindfulness movement and empirical evidence supporting it have not gone without criticism. Continue reading
Unintended consequences of universal mindfulness training for schoolchildren – Coyne of the Realm – by James C Coyne November 16, 2016
The UK is following the U.S. lead in forcing their doctors to prescribe fewer opioids and send everyone to mindfulness training instead. Both governments have anointed “mindfulness” and/or “meditation” as the cure-all for both physical and mental problems.
It is becoming clear that increasing numbers of people are descending into addiction as a response to the chronic debt, unemployment, and pain brought on by the ruthless winner-take-all culture in both countries,
Instead of tackling the difficult task of easing regressive economic policies, putting in place a better social safety net, and repairing the broken medical system, various forms of “mindfulness” and/or “meditation” are currently being promoted for all unhappy citizens (not just those in pain). Continue reading
Meditation for Psychological Stress and Well-being | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA Internal Medicine – Jan 2014
Importance Many people meditate to reduce psychological stress and stress-related health problems. To counsel people appropriately, clinicians need to know what the evidence says about the health benefits of meditation.
Objective To determine the efficacy of meditation programs in improving stress-related outcomes (anxiety, depression, stress/distress, positive mood, mental health–related quality of life, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep, pain, and weight) in diverse adult clinical populations. Continue reading
Psychologists Express Growing Concern With Mindfulness Meditation | Inverse| By Peter Hess on October 10, 2017
Mindfulness, which involves the simple act of paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, has become something of a buzzword in the past couple of decades, and psychologists are concerned.
More than just a meditation practice, mindfulness is an industry — with some proponents saying it can treat anxiety, cancer, and everything in between.
The problem is, in many cases, those treatments haven’t sufficiently been scrutinized by trained professionals, and psychologists aren’t impressed. Continue reading
Reporting of Positive Results in Randomized Controlled Trials of Mindfulness-Based Mental Health Interventions – PlosOne – April 8, 2016 – Free full-text study
A large proportion of mindfulness-based therapy trials report statistically significant results, even in the context of very low statistical power.
We have the same problem with the studies used to support the CDC guidelines.
The objective of the present study was to characterize the reporting of “positive” results in randomized controlled trials of mindfulness-based therapy. Continue reading