"the fact that meditation [including mindfulness-based versions] was primarily designed not to make us happier, but to destroy our sense of individual self – who we feel and think we are most of the time – is often overlooked in the science and media stories about it, which focus almost exclusively on the benefits practitioners can expect."
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.
Kevin Friery's insight:
This is an interesting study but... if it is 'just as helpful' as anti-depressants it also begs the question of where the value lies in this medication approach. I am not remotely anti-meds but we need a better understanding of their role in the treatment and prophylaxis of depression.
"A fascinating first step." It seems like science is building a grand staircase towards a better understanding of Autism - there have been a lot of 'first step' papers in the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see where they take us..
From this Autumn anyone who loses their job will receive £40 less as a result of government plans.
Kevin Friery's insight:
"The government plans to make all new claimants for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) wait seven days before they are eligible for help (at the moment they have to wait three days). The committee’s consultation reveals that, according to the government’s own assessment, JSA claimants will lose £40 on average, while disabled people claiming ESA will lose £50." This will certainly impact badly on people when they are at their lowest - a cruel move.
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