Summary of Is Mindfulness Making Us Ill?

It’s the relaxation technique of choice, popular with employers and even the NHS. But some have found it can have unexpected effects

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Is Mindfulness Making Us Ill? summary
Beware the risks and side effects of mindfulness.


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Mindfulness is meant to help individuals to calm down and relieve stress, but sometimes the practice does the opposite. In this article, The Guardian reporter Dawn Foster interviews individuals who suffered from mindfulness’s unexplored negative side effects, as well as researchers and experts in the field. After her well-balanced analysis, Foster concludes that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to stress reduction can – and often does – lead to adverse outcomes. getAbstract recommends Foster’s insights to doctors, policy makers and stressed individuals.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why mindfulness has grown in popularity,
  • Why mindfulness can prove harmful to some individuals and
  • How to improve your chances of having a positive mindfulness experience.


In recent years, the popularity of mindfulness – the practice of focused self-examination, typically, through meditation – has swelled immensely: The amount of books, apps and programs that teach mindfulness has surged, and companies offer it as an employee perk, extolling the virtues of a focused break...
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About the Author

Dawn Foster is a writer on politics, social affairs and economics for The Guardian, a regular political commentator and the author of Lean Out.

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