Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism


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Published USA, 2017
'Mindfulness is a currently popular notion', writes Thomas Joiner in his new book, 'but is sullied by a culture of superficiality, mediocrity and, especially, selfishness'. He argues that true mindfulness is being usurped by an imposter, and the imposter is loud and strutting enough that it has replaced the original. Thomas Joiner's book chronicles the rise and fall of 'authentic mindfulness', derailed by a culture of narcissism, egocentricity and self-absorption. Like his earlier writings, he makes use of material from popular culture, literature, social media and personal experience in order to expose the misuse of mindfulness, and to consider how we as a society can salvage a potentially valuable technique for improving mental and physical wellbeing.

Thomas Joiner is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University.
Hardback. 214 pages

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