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Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being

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Many have wondered if there is a key ingredient to living a full and happy life. For decades now, scientists and psychologists alike have been studying the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The positive psychology movement was founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best wit ...more
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Published April 1st 2013 by Context Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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I went into this book grudgingly, as I knew it would be somewhat relevant to my work but I've had trouble wrapping my brain around positive psychology before. Of its many chapters by different authors, I found the one on self-compassion the most relevant, as I am not well-versed in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As with other books that take from the knowledge and experience of many practitioners, I found some more readable than others, and I'm sure that was based on my personal level ...more
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Ok. I haven’t actually finished this book; been sitting on my shelf for ages. It just didn’t do it for me. It is a collection of invited chapters and some were of less interest than others, but the introductory chapter put me off. They trotted out the most well known Jon Kabat-Zinn definition of mindfulness when they could well have, and should have in my view, provided a more useful and thoughtful ACT definition. I expected better from these guys. Both are do interesting research and generally ...more
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Dr. Todd B. Kashdan's broad mission is to increase the amount of well-being in this world as a professor, scientist, author, and consultant. He uses cutting edge science to help people function optimally in life and business. He has given keynotes and workshops to organizations as diverse as the United States Armed Forces, General Mills, Merck, Hormel, Gensler, BBDO, and The Gap.

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“Life Is an Ambiguous Stimulus

In a very real sense, life is an ambiguous stimulus. Does survival of a heart attack indicate that death is imminent or that one has been given a new lease on life? Is falling in love an assurance of a lifelong partnership or the first sign of an inevitable heartbreak? Many human situations are complex and their meanings subtle. Thus, to make sense of and gain agency over our experiences, we engage in the process of self-reflection.
Through self-reflection, people come to realize that their lives are filled with uncertainty about their own identities, their relationships with others, and their environmental circumstances. Because living involves adaptation to irregular changes and perturbations from the environment, the process of self-reflection reveals the indefinite nature of life. The uncertainty stemming from threatening stimuli whose nature is unknown or unpredictable evokes stress and a sense of loss of control. In response to uncertainty, we are driven to make meaning of our experiences and in so doing to reduce uncertainty. Indeed, a series of cunning experiments demonstrated that the sense of lacking control promotes illusory pattern perception in ambiguous situations. Hence, people consciously or unconsciously attempt to regain a sense of control by projecting patterns onto the chaos of their lives. This meaning-making process hinged on the appraisal of stressors and their meaningful integration into our autobiographical narratives.”
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