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The Morality of Meditation: David DeSteno

The Morality of Meditation: David DeSteno | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it

MEDITATION is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests, interest in its practical benefits is growing. A number of “mindfulness” training programs, like that developed by the engineerChade-Meng Tan at Google, and conferences like Wisdom 2.0 for business and tech leaders, promise attendees insight into how meditation can be used to augment individual performance, leadership and productivity.

 

This is all well and good, but if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the (perfectly commendable) pursuit of these benefits and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. Gaining competitive advantage on exams and increasing creativity in business weren’t of the utmost concern to Buddha and other early meditation teachers. As Buddha himself said, “I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” For Buddha, as for many modern spiritual leaders, the goal of meditation was as simple as that. The heightened control of the mind that meditation offers was supposed to help its practitioners see the world in a new and more compassionate way, allowing them to break free from the categorizations (us/them, self/other) that commonly divide people from one another.

 

But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?

 

To put the question to the test, my lab, led in this work by the psychologist Paul Condon, joined with the neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes and the Buddhist lama Willa Miller to conduct an experiment whose publication is forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science. We recruited 39 people from the Boston area who were willing to take part in an eight-week course on meditation (and who had never taken any such course before). We then randomly assigned 20 of them to take part in weekly meditation classes, which also required them to practice at home using guided recordings. The remaining 19 were told that they had been placed on a waiting list for a future course.

 

After the eight-week period of instruction, we invited the participants to the lab for an experiment that purported to examine their memory, attention and related cognitive abilities. But as you might anticipate, what actually interested us was whether those who had been meditating would exhibit greater compassion in the face of suffering. To find out, we staged a situation designed to test the participants’ behavior before they were aware that the experiment had begun.

 

WHEN a participant entered the waiting area for our lab, he (or she) found three chairs, two of which were already occupied. Naturally, he sat in the remaining chair. As he waited, a fourth person, using crutches and wearing a boot for a broken foot, entered the room and audibly sighed in pain as she leaned uncomfortably against a wall. The other two people in the room — who, like the woman on crutches, secretly worked for us — ignored the woman, thus confronting the participant with a moral quandary. Would he act compassionately, giving up his chair for her, or selfishly ignore her plight?

 

The results were striking. Although only 16 percent of the nonmeditators gave up their seats — an admittedly disheartening fact — the proportion rose to 50 percent among those who had meditated. This increase is impressive not solely because it occurred after only eight weeks of meditation, but also because it did so within the context of a situation known to inhibit considerate behavior: witnessing others ignoring a person in distress — what psychologists call the bystander effect — reduces the odds that any single individual will help. Nonetheless, the meditation increased the compassionate response threefold.

 

Although we don’t yet know why meditation has this effect, one of two explanations seems likely. The first rests on meditation’s documented ability to enhance attention, which might in turn increase the odds of noticing someone in pain (as opposed to being lost in one’s own thoughts).

 

My favored explanation, though, derives from a different aspect of meditation: its ability to foster a view that all beings are interconnected. The psychologist Piercarlo Valdesolo and I have found that any marker of affiliation between two people, even something as subtle as tapping their hands together in synchrony, causes them to feel more compassion for each other when distressed. The increased compassion of meditators, then, might stem directly from meditation’s ability to dissolve the artificial social distinctions — ethnicity, religion, ideology and the like — that divide us.

 

Supporting this view, recent findings by the neuroscientists Helen Weng, Richard Davidson and colleagues confirm that even relatively brief training in meditative techniques can alter neural functioning in brain areas associated with empathic understanding of others’ distress — areas whose responsiveness is also modulated by a person’s degree of felt associations with others.

 

So take heart. The next time you meditate, know that you’re not just benefiting yourself, you’re also benefiting your neighbors, community members and as-yet-unknown strangers by increasing the odds that you’ll feel their pain when the time comes, and act to lessen it as well.

 


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Nueva evidencia de que la meditación nos ayuda a ser más compasivos.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 7, 2013 11:56 AM

Actually, I like this very much...

Adrian Ivakhiv's curator insight, July 7, 2013 4:22 PM

The result -- that meditators are more likely to show empathy to a stranger -- is not surprising, but the proportion (three times as likely) is. The research base for this conclusion keeps growing...

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How Exercise Changes Our DNA

How Exercise Changes Our DNA | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.
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El ejercicio puede cambiar ¡nuestros genes!

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Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read

Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
An energetic researcher finds that self-control and grit are the most important tools students need to succeed.
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La perseverancia puede ser más importante que el IQ para el éxito. Retrato de Angela Duckworth y su trabajo sobre el "grit" y el carácter

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Gratitude and Happiness: The Science Behind Gratitude | Jairek Robbins

Gratitude and Happiness: The Science Behind Gratitude | Jairek Robbins | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
MT @HandstandChamp: Gratitude and Happiness~Science Behind Gratitude http://t.co/hvytQxR0vO #LearnitLiveitGiveit"//♥#ChristmasCarolGratitude

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Los beneficios de la gratitud e ideas para cultivarla

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How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time

How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
It’s hard to be efficient. Sometimes it feels like the world doesn’t make any sense. Sometimes youdon’t make any sense. And sometimes it feels like…
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6 tips para set más productivos, de Dan Ariely. La capacidad de concentrarnos  y de aprovechar nuestras horas más efectivas es crucial.

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Positive correlation found between gym usage and GPA

Positive correlation found between gym usage and GPA | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
E"An active life makes you feel healthier physically, which is the first step to good academic performance."

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El uso del gimnasio en la universidad se correlaciona con el desempeño académico

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From the Knowledge Economy to the Human Economy

From the Knowledge Economy to the Human Economy | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
In an age of increasingly smart computers, what makes human workers valuable?
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De la economía de la información a la del corazón: los aspectos "suaves" de la buena administración en las organizaciones son importantes y solo las personas pueden tomar decisiones informadas por las emociones.

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Google's Algorithm for Happiness at Work and in Life | Big Think

Google's Algorithm for Happiness at Work and in Life | Big Think | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
We all want to be happy. Some have even said that achieving happiness is the goal of life. But we wouldn't look to a technology company for such wisdom, would we?
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El "algoritmo" de Google para la felicidad en el trabajo y en el resto de la vida

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The Problem With Positive Thinking - NYTimes.com

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Positive thinking does not bring good results. Optimism with realism does.#psychology#Wellbeing#hyvinvointi@THLorg http://t.co/KTmwAAKteQ

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Pensar positivamente no es suficiente para alcanzar las metas, hace falta ser realistas para planear cómo manejar los obstáculos en el camino

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500 Awesomest Positive Psychology Pieces! (+PDF)

500 Awesomest Positive Psychology Pieces! (+PDF) | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Last couple of months, I've been getting tons of e-mails from people asking me what they should read in order to learn more about positive psychology.

Of course, I've been suggesting many positive
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500 recursos de psicología positiva

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At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying

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Arturo Bejar is trying to create empathy among teenage users to curb cyberbullying and harassment.
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Arturo Béjar encabeza los esfuerzos de Facebook para promover la empatía y reducir el cyber-bullying

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What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

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Ellen Langer’s experiments have shown that mental attitudes might reverse some ravages of old age. Now she wants to test that same radical principle on cancer.
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Fascinantes investigaciones de Ellen Langer sobre la relación entre la actitud y el envejecimiento

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Construyendo en Positivo | El bienestar de los estudiantes, un nuevo reto de la universidad actual

Construyendo en Positivo | El bienestar de los estudiantes, un nuevo reto de la universidad actual | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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The rise of positive psychology - ABC Online

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A new school of psychology holds that positivity may be the key to wellbeing and happiness. Lynne Malcolm reports on positive psychology.

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Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

Tal Ben-Shahar discusses current research on the science of happiness and introduces ideas and tools that can actually make a difference in one's life. The s...

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Tal Ben Shahar habla de la psicología positiva y sus aplicaciones para la vida cotidiana.

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Why One Kid Gives Up While Another Bounces Back (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Have you ever wondered why one kid may be more resilient than another? Let’s say Lisa and Jenny are students in the same eighth grade math class. They both struggle during the quarter and, in the end, they both receive low final grades. Upon hearing...
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I Took The Dalai Lama To A Ski Resort And He Told Me The Meaning Of Life

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El DYes, the Dalai Lama skis.

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El Dalai Lama y el sentido de la vida. 

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If you're looking to change the world, follow this 3-step formula

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Why do some social movements succeed while others fail? There is actually a scientific answer to this question. Scott Sherman, founder of the Transformative Action Institute, reviewed hundreds of case studies of citizens trying to bring about change and coded nearly 120 factors that correlated to success and failure in these efforts. He found there […]
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3 características de los movimientos de cambio social exitosos

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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.
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5 ideas para criar niños amables y generosos

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Malcolm Gladwell Says All Great Jobs Have These 3 Qualities

Malcolm Gladwell Says All Great Jobs Have These 3 Qualities | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The popular author says energizing work is meaningful, which comes from having three distinct traits.

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Los buenos trabajos tienen: autonomía, complejidad y una relación clara entre el esfuerzo y la recompensa. M. Gladwell.

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does your job have these qualities?

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

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New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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La curiosidad nos ayuda a entender y recordar mejor

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The man behind the marshmallow test

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Fifty years ago, a groundbreaking psychological experiment on self-control was conducted on preschoolers – involving marshmallows. Fareed speaks with Walter Mischel, the man behind the experiment. Watch the full interview this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
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Por qué "la prueba del malvavisco" predice mucho sobre el éxito. La importancia del autocontrol.

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‘Another Tea?’

‘Another Tea?’ | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
At their monthly gatherings for tea, a group of Chilean women reflect on the past in a ritual that has held their friendships together for 60 years.
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Lindo video de un ritual de amistad que ha durado más de 60 años

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La felicidad requiere involucramiento | Blog del Instituto de Ciencias de la Felicidad

La felicidad requiere involucramiento | Blog del Instituto de Ciencias de la Felicidad | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Lo que dijo Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi sobre el FLOW en el 2o Foro de Ciencias de la Felicidad, por Claudia Morales

 

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Is your boss making you sick?

Is your boss making you sick? | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Besides causing employees to dread work, a bad boss — someone who is inept, hypercritical or a blame-thrower — can have a negative effect on others' physical and mental well-being.
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Advertencia: tener un mal jefe puede ser nocivo para su salud.

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One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep | Psicología Positiva, Felicidad y Bienestar. Positive Psychology,Happiness & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.
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¿Sabías que mientras dormimos el cerebro realiza una labor de limpieza de desechos? Fascinante.

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