Mindfulness from the bottom up: Providing an inductive framework for understanding mindfulness processes and their application to human suffering

  • Hayes S
  • Plumb J
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Comments on an article by Kirk Warren Brown, Richard M. Ryan, and J. David Creswell (see record 2007-17560-001). We agree with the authors that mindfulness as a technique (whether through formal or informal practice) can be a useful clinical tool to help clients move closer to a life goal, and for the need to integrate it into theoretical frameworks that links basic accounts to application to daily life. However, it seems to us that mindfulness methods and processes need to be studied within specific theoretical and philosophical traditions, and that careful programs of systematic research will be needed to make adequate progress. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and its underlying basic analysis, Relational Frame Theory (RFT) leads to scientific connections between principles, processes, theory, and application. We are not taking the stance that the ACT/RFT model is the only way to critically examine the mindfulness literature; on the contrary, we present it as an example of a bottom up approach that might lead to greater understanding of mindfulness processes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

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