From Greater Good, University of California, Berkeley
Discrimination is often a painful and humiliating experience.
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?
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
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
To learn more read: Can Mindfulness Help People Cope With Discrimination?