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No, study didn’t show that ‘mindfulness training doesn’t foster empathy or makes narcissists worse’

Many of us have become accustomed to extravagant claims about the benefits of mindfulness that turn out to be based on poor quality studies with inadequate control groups. We become skeptical about what we are told about the benefits of mindfulness. We’ve come to expect a lot of confirmation bias. Reactions to the study that […]

What Jon Kabat-Zinn’s trademarking of MBSR means for mindfulness training.

Jon Kabat Zinn trademarked the acronym for mindfulness-based stress reduction. This could be worth millions in training drone pilots.

The RCT of tango dancing versus mindfulness meditation for depression

If you aren't happy with your life, should you take up mindfulness meditation or some other activity – like tango dance?

McMindful: Make money as a mindfulness trainer, no background or weekend retreat required.

A web-based training package promises to turn anyone quickly into a mindfulness trainer, regardless of background or previous training. Promoters of the package claim it is backed by more science than its competitors.

Dueling neurononsense: mindfulness training and gray matter

Contrasting two news items about brain changes suggests both are silly.

About that study evaluating mindfulness that you are reading…

We can say a lot about studies of mindfulness without even knowing which study we are discussing.

Comments from a Buddhist about mindfulness as a therapeutic practice

A Buddhist practitioner mindfulness questions whether the technique is meant to be therapeutic.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction to improve the mental health of breast cancer patients

A widely cited meta analysis of mindfulness based stress reduction for cancer patients actually shows little evidence of effectiveness.

Contemplating American hype: Donald Trump and Barbara Fredrickson

Draws similarities between a spoof of the self-promotion of Donald Trump and successful grant writing

Are mindfulness and cognitive behavioral interventions for smoking cessation obsolete?

Why did a trial of intensive mindfulness-based treatment and cognitive behavior therapy produce null results?

Is mindfulness training the new “gateway drug” to quack breast cancer treatments?

Promoters of mindfulness-based stress reduction(MBSR) as a cure for all that ails to be clear that effects MBSR on the immune system and the course and outcome of cancer are not established