© 2016

Critical Mindfulness

Exploring Langerian Models

  • Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi
    Pages 1-24
  3. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Daniel P. Fox
    Pages 55-67
  4. Dan Ariely, Matt Trower, Aline Grüneisen
    Pages 69-89
  5. Stuart Albert
    Pages 91-99
  6. Robin R. Vallacher, Matthew S. Jarman, Steven S. Parkin
    Pages 129-143
  7. Louise Sundararajan, Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi
    Pages 145-158
  8. Amy L. Baltzell, John M. McCarthy
    Pages 159-171
  9. Deborah Phillips, Francesco Pagnini
    Pages 173-182
  10. Michael Lamport Commons, Dristi Adhikari
    Pages 193-205
  11. Robin R. Vallacher, Matthew S. Jarman, Steven S. Parkin
    Pages E1-E1
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 207-212

About this book


Expanding on the trailblazing ideas of Ellen Langer, this provocative volume explores the implications of critical mindfulness for making psychology more responsive and its practice more meaningful. Powerful critiques take the discipline to task for positioning therapists as experts over their clients and focusing on outcomes to the detriment of therapeutic process.

Contributors use the principles of Langerian mindfulness to inform self-understanding and relationships, areas such as athletic performance and consumer decision making, and basic and complex forms of cognitive engagement. The mindfulness demonstrated here is not only critical but also creative, inclusive, and humane, with the potential to transform the consciousness of psychology and other mind-based fields.

Included in the coverage: 

  • Critical mindfulness of psychology’s mindlessness.
  • The construct of mindfulness amidst and along conceptions of rationality.
  • Understanding confidence: its roots and role in performance.
  • Mindfulness in action: the emergence of distinctive thought and behavior.
  • Langerian mindfulness and optimal sport performance.
  • Health and the psychology of possibility.
Critical Mindfulness is bracing and insightful reading for undergraduate and graduate students, psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, clinicians, neurologists, and educators within and outside positive psychology. These pages challenge the wider community of professionals to rethink their perspectives on practice—as well as their long-held tenets of living.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

About the editors

Dr. Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi (Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2003, Post Doctorate, Harvard University, 2009-2013) is a Fellow in the department of psychology at Harvard University and works on mindfulness and its psychological implications for cross cultural, clinical and social psychology. He is a frequently published author and has been the keynote speaker of numerous international conferences. He brings  mindfulness in his psychological and therapeutic interventions and has run training and coaching programs for clinicians, practitioners and corporate people  in North America, Europe and overseas. His publications appear in Springer, Wiley, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press and Journals such as APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. In addition to teaching at Harvard, he has also taught for the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Western Washington University, University of Massachusetts in Boston and University of Toronto. He is presently working on the clinical implications of mindfulness for anxiety and stress management.

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