Friday, February 28, 2014

Mindfulness Combats Discrimination Attacks

Our Mindful Mondays series provides ongoing coverage of the exploding field of mindfulness research.From Greater Good, University of California, Berkeley

Discrimination is often a painful and humiliating experience.

Indeed, past research demonstrates that people who experience prejudice are also likely to be depressed. While the responsibility for discrimination lies with the perpetrator, how might targets of discrimination see to their own mental health?

One strategy that researchers are considering is mindfulness—the practice of bringing non-judgmental awareness to each moment.

A growing body of research points to the benefits of mindfulness for a number of mental stressors. Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi and her colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wondered if mindfulness could also be helpful for people who experience depression as a result of prejudice.

Adults in North Carolina filled out surveys, reporting on their experiences with discrimination and on their level of mindfulness. They also reported how often they experienced positive emotions, and whether or not they had symptoms of depression.

The results, published in Personality and Individual Differences, confirmed the researchers’ prediction: adults who reported experiencing discrimination had fewer symptoms of depression if they had high levels of mindfulness.

To learn more read: Can Mindfulness Help People Cope With Discrimination?

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