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  1. Neharika Chawla,
  2. G. Alan Marlatt

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0549

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Chawla, N. and Marlatt, G. A. 2010. Mindlessness-Mindfulness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Washington

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


For many of us, the majority of our lives are spent in a state of “mindlessness” or “automatic-pilot” in which we may be actively engaged in several activities, but are largely unaware of the nuances of our experience. In this state we may get from one point to another without really knowing how we got there. Further, being mindless also makes us vulnerable to reacting in ways that are largely habitual and somewhat mechanistic.


  • mindfulness;
  • meditation