mindfulness thinking


Thinking differently: The effects of mindfulness thinking on ruminators' well-being

Project by: Catherine Bergeron

This project's goal is help ruminators in stressful situations. Rumination is an (ineffective) emotional regulation strategy that involves repetitive, intrusive, passive and negative self-directed thoughts. Although rumination ultimately attempts to restore negative affective states, it nonetheless leads to a variety of negative psychological consequences. The goal of the "Thinking differently" project is to develop ways to interrupt ruminative thinking by engaging people in states of "self-acceptance" and "letting things go" – two states commonly associated with mindful thinking. Similar to rumination, mindful thinking is also an emotional regulation strategy that involves self-directed thoughts. However, what distinguishes mindful thinking from rumination is its emphasis on acceptance of one's self-directed thoughts and emotions in a non-judgemental manner. It is therefore expected that an implicit mindfulness manipulation would be particularly beneficial to ruminators in times of stress.

Publications related to this project:

Bergeron, C., & Dandeneau, S. (2014). Implicit mindfulness priming: Priming mindfulness goals buffers against failing at anagrams. Congrès de la Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Austin, Texas.