Mindfulness as a Psychological Attractor: The Effect on Children
Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 1114–1122, May 2012
How to Cite
LANGER, E. J., COHEN, M. and DJIKIC, M. (2012), Mindfulness as a Psychological Attractor: The Effect on Children. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: 1114–1122. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00879.x
- Issue online: 14 MAY 2012
- Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2012
Mindfulness (Langer, 1978, 1989, 1997, 2005)—a process of actively making novel distinctions about objects in one's awareness—has been shown to have personal, interpersonal, and health benefits. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that mindfulness is (a) perceived and preferred by children; and (b) has positive effects on them. The results indicate that children ages 9 to 12 not only preferred to interact with mindful adults, but devalued themselves following the mindless interaction, despite the fact that only positive content was discussed. Potential implications of adults' mindless responding to children are discussed.