Operationalizing Mindfulness Without Unnecessary Attachments
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 249–254, September 2004
How to Cite
Hayes, S. C. and Shenk, C. (2004), Operationalizing Mindfulness Without Unnecessary Attachments. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11: 249–254. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.bph079
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received December 5, 2003; accepted December 16, 2003.
There are scientific advantages to defining mindfulness in terms of the psychological processes involved. Doing so, however, necessarily uncouples mindfulness from any given technology, including meditation. Defining mindfulness in terms of the self-regulation of attention and a posture of acceptance seems progressive, but there are underlying philosophical attachments in the proposed definition that might limit its applicability if they are treated too rigidly.