Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Chawla, N. and Marlatt, G. A. 2010. Mindlessness-Mindfulness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- 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.