The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice

Paperback | February 27, 2016

EditorMichael A. West

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In the past 20 years meditation has grown enormously in popularity across the world, practised both by the general public, as well as by an increasing number of psychologists within their daily clinical practice. Meditation is now used to treat a range of disorders, including, depression,anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, and addiction. In the past twenty years we have also learned much more about the underlying neural bases for meditation, and why it works. The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice explores the practice of meditation and mindfulness and presents accounts of the cognitive and emotional processes elicited during meditation practice. Written by researchers and practitioners with considerable experience in meditation practiceand from different religious or philosophical perspectives, he book examines the evidence for the effects of meditation on emotional and physical well-being in therapeutic contexts and in applied settings. The areas covered include addictions, pain management, psychotherapy, physical health,neuroscience, and the application of meditation in school and workplace settings. Uniquely, the contributors also present accounts of their own personal experience of meditation practice including their history of practice, phenomenology, and the impact it has had on their lives. Drawing on evidence from both research and practice, this is a valuable synthesis of the ways in which meditation can profoundly enrich human experience.

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In the past 20 years meditation has grown enormously in popularity across the world, practised both by the general public, as well as by an increasing number of psychologists within their daily clinical practice. Meditation is now used to treat a range of disorders, including, depression,anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, and add...

Michael West is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund in London, Senior Fellow of The Work Foundation and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School. He graduated from the University of Wales in 19...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Meditation Perspectives1. Michael A. West: The Practice of Meditation2. Martine Batchelor: Meditation: Practice and Experience3. Guy Claxton: ow Conscious Experience Comes About, and Why Meditation is Helpful4. James Carmody: Fish Discovering Water: Meditation as a Process of Recognition5. Loriliai Bernacki: Psychology of Meditation: Philosophical Perspectives2. Therapeutic and Clinical Applications of Meditation6. Lynn C. Waelde and Jason S. Thompson: Traditional and Secular Views of Psychotherapeutic Applications of Mindfulness and Meditation7. Vidyamala Birch: Meditation and the Management of Pain8. Sarah Bowen, Matthew Enkema, Corey Roos, Haley Douglas, Erin Harrop, Tatyana Kholodkov, Katie Witkiewitz: Addictive Disorders9. Linda E. Carlson: Meditation and Physical Health10. Antonio Raffone: The Cognitive and Affective Neurosciences of Meditation3. Meditation in Workplaces and Schools11. Frank W. Bond, Paul E. Flaxman, Joda Lloyd: Mindfulness and Meditation in the Workplace: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach12. Katherine Weare: Mindfulness in Education13. Peter Sedlmeier, Juliane Eberth, Maika Puta: Meditation: Future Theory and Research14. Michael A. West: Meditation: Answers, Syntheses and Questions