The observing self: Diminishing egocentrism through brief mindfulness meditation

Golubickis, Marius, Tan, Lucy B.G., Falben, Johanna K., and Macrae, C.Neil (2016) The observing self: Diminishing egocentrism through brief mindfulness meditation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (4). pp. 521-527.

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Reflecting the egocentrism that permeates contemporary society, people often believe they stand out in the eyes of others (i.e., the spotlight effect), a conviction that is entirely misplaced. Although considerable efforts have focused on elucidating the consequences of the spotlight effect, much less is known about factors that may attenuate this illusory perception. Accordingly, the current study explored the possibility that, via shifts in perspectives on the self (i.e., first person vs. third person), brief mindfulness-based meditation may reduce a future-oriented variant of this bias. The results revealed that, compared with responses in the control conditions (i.e., control meditation or no mediation), brief mindfulness-based meditation fostered the adoption of a third-person vantage point during mental imagery and diminished perceptions of personal salience.

Item ID: 80475
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-0992
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2023 04:50
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 100%
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