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Badri Bajaja & Neerja Pandeb,Mediating role of resilience in the impact of mindfulness on life satisfaction and affect as indices of subjective well-being. Personality and Individual Differences

Volume 93, April 2016, Pages 63-67

Lynda Klau, PhD, Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience. Psych Central. Oct 2018


Shapiro, S. L., Schwartz, G. E., & Bonner, G. (1998). Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction in medical and premedical students. Journal Behavioral Medicine, 21, 581-599. 




Colzato, L. S., Ozturk, A. and Hommel, B. (2012), ‘Meditate to create: the impact of focused-attention and open-monitoring train- ing on convergent and divergent thinking’, Frontiers in Psychology, 3:116

Greenberg, J., Reiner, K. and Meiran, N. (2012), ‘“Mind the trap”: mindfulness practice reduces cognitive rigidity’, PLoS One, 7(5): e36206 

Capurso, V., Fabbro, F. and Crescentini, C. (2014), ‘Mindful creativity: the influence of mindfulness meditation on creative thinking’, Frontiers in Psychology, 4:1020 



Vago, D.R. & Silbersweig, D.A. (2012). Self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence (S-ART): a framework for understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness. LINK

Ostafin, B.D., Robinson, M.D., & Meier, B.P. (2015). Introduction: The Science of mindfulness and self-regulation. In B. Ostarfin, M.D. Robinson, & B. Meier (Eds.), Handbook of mindfulness and self-regulation (pp. 1-6). NY: Springer. [Hollis]

Pagnini, F & Langer. E (2015) Mindful Reappraisal: Comment on “Mindfulness Broadens Awareness and Builds Eudaimonic Meaning: A Process Model of Mindful Positive Emotion Regulation”, Psychological Inquiry, 26:4, 365-367

And...why it is important to listen to yourself and follow what's fun and what feels good when practicing supermindfulness or any other ways of being present (-:


Some resources from the book Supermindful

[1] M. Rangel-Gomez, C. Hickey, T. van Amelsvoort, P. Bet, and M. Meeter, “The detection of novelty relies on dopaminergic signaling: evidence from apomorphine's impact on the novelty N2.” PLoS One. (2013) 2013;8(6):e66469.


[1] David Rock, “Hunger for Certainty: Your brain craves certainty and avoids uncertainty like it’s pain.” Psychology Today. (2009, October 25). Last retrieved 7/24/2019 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-brain-work/200910/hunger-certainty

[1] John Tierney, “What’s New? Exuberance for Novelty Has Benefits.” New York Times. (February 13, 2012)



[1] You can learn more about Dr. C. Robert Cloninger’s work at the Center of Well Being, the home of the Temperament and Character Inventory. Last retrieved 7/24/2019 https://tcipersonality.com/


[1] Terri Gross [Host], “Interview with Annette Benning: Acting is a fabulous way to expand your own heart.” Fresh Air [Radio program] (May 5 2018) Last retrieved 7/24/2019 https://www.npr.org/2018/05/10/610014961/annette-bening-acting-is-a-fabulous-way-to-expand-your-own-heart


[1]Bill Davidow, “Exploiting the Neuroscience of Internet Addiction” The Atlantic (July 18, 2012) Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/exploiting-the-neuroscience-of-internet-addiction/259820/


[1] Daniel Nettle, Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)


[1] Emrah Düzel, “Absolute Coding of Stimulus Novelty in the Human Substantia Nigra/VTA'” Neuron (August 3, 2006.) doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2006.06.021

Tianna Hicklin, “How novelty boosts memory retention.” National Institute of Health. (September 20, 2016) Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/how-novelty-boosts-memory-retention

[1]Stephen Fortune, “Why psychological safety is the key to creativity and innovation in the workplace.” The Oxford Group. (April 30, 2018) Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://www.oxford-group.com/insights/why-psychological-safety-key-creativity-and-innovation-workplace

Laura Delizonna, “High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It.” Harvard Business Review. (August 24, 2017) Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://hbr.org/2017/08/high-performing-teams-need-psychological-safety-heres-how-to-create-it

[1] If this is interesting to you can explore further through Barbara Fredrickson’s work at Pep Lab at UNC Chapel Hill. Last retrieved 7/25/2019 http://peplab.web.unc.edu/research/#broadenandbuild


[1] L. J. Levine and R. S. Edelstein,  “Emotion and memory narrowing: A review and goal-relevance approach.” Cognition and Emotion. (2009).  23, 833–875. doi: 10.1080/02699930902738863


[1] E. A. Kensinger and S. Corkin, “Memory enhancement for emotional words: Are emotional words more vividly remembered than neutral words?” Memory & Cognition. (2003) 31,1169–1180. doi: 10.3758/BF03195800


[1] Kurt Matzler, Franz Bailom, and Todd Mooradian, “Intuitive Decision Making.”  MIT Sloan Management Review49.1 (Fall 2007): 13-15 Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/intuitive-decision-making/


[1] For a good, easy description of Confirmation Bias see “Confirmation Bias.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Last retrieved 7/25/2019. https://www.britannica.com/science/confirmation-bias


[1] Robert Kriegel and David Brandt, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers, Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers: Developing Change-Driving People and Organizations. (New York: Warner, 1996) p. 42


[1] Donald K. Freedheim (editor), Handbook of Psychology, History of Psychology (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2003) p.57


[1] C. Anderson, D. Keltner, and O. P. John, “Emotional convergence between people over time.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (2003) 84, 1054-1068.


S. Barsade, “The ripple effect: Emotional contagion and its influence on group behavior.” Administrative Science Quarterly. (2002) 47, 644-675.


A. Hatfield, J. Cacioppo, and R. L. Rapson, Emotional contagion. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994.)


L. Lunqvist and U. Dimberg, “Facial expressions are contagious.” Journal of Psychophysiology. (1990) 9, 203-211.


[1] If this is interesting to you, please look at Sigal Barsad’s work out of the Wharton School of Management. Last retrieved 7/25/2019https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/barsade/#research

[1] For a clear, easy description of emotional contagion please visit “Emotional Contagion” at iresearchnet. Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://psychology.iresearchnet.com/social-psychology/emotions/emotional-contagion/


[1] Joel S. Milner 1Lea B. Halsey, and Jim Fultz, “Empathic responsiveness and affective reactivity to infant stimuli in high- and low-risk for physical child abuse mothers.” Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. (June 1995)  19:6; 659-784 doi.org/10.1016/0145-2134(95)00035-7

[1] Chen-Bo Zhong and Geoffrey Leonardelli, “Cold And Lonely: Does Social Exclusion Literally Feel Cold?” Association for Psychological Science (2008) 19:9 Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/cold-and-lonely-does-social-exclusion-literally-feel-cold.html


[1]Joshua Aronson, Michael J. Lustina, Catherine Good, Kelli Keough, Claude M. Steele, and Joseph Brown, “When White Men Can't Do Math: Necessary and Sufficient Factors in Stereotype Threat.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. (1999) 35:1; 29-46 doi.org/10.1006/jesp.1998.1371

[1] Brett W. Pelham, Matthew C. Mirenberg, and John T. Jones, “Why Susie Sells Seashells by the Seashore: Implicit Egotism and Major Life Decisions.” The Journal of Attitudes and Cognition. (2002) 82(4), 469-487. doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.82.4.469


[1] Michael Billig and Henri Tajfel, “Social categorization and similarity in intergroup behavior.” European Journal of Social Psychology. (1973) 3:1; 27-52 https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2420030103

If this is interesting to you, the citations in the following article are especially interesting: Anne Locksley, Christine Hepburn and Vilma Ortiz, “Social stereotypes and judgments of individuals: An instance of the base-rate fallacy.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (1982) 18:1

[1] Marco Iacoboni, Mirroring People. (New York: Picador, 2008)



[1] David Eagleman, Incognito, The Secret Lives of The Brain. (New York: Random House, 2011) 

[1] Daniel Goleman, Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. (New York: Bantam, 2004) 


[1] Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight. (New York: Viking Penguin, 2008) 

[1] “Billionaire Ray Dalio credits meditation for success.” TM Home: Transcendental Meditation, New and More. (2014, November 28).  Last retrieved 7/24/2019 https://tmhome.com/experiences/billionaire-ray-dalio-on-benefits-of-meditation/


[1] Course: u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future, MIT Last retrieved 7/26/2019 https://www.edx.org/course/ulab-leading-from-the-emerging-future


[1] Anne Murphy Paul, “Intelligence and the Stereotype Threat.” New York Times: Sunday Review. (October 6, 2012) Last retrieved 8/1/2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/opinion/sunday/intelligence-and-the-stereotype-threat.html


[1] Written by Kimberly Holland [written by] with Timothy J. Legg [medically reviewed by],  “Intrusive Thoughts: Why We Have Them and How to Stop Them.” Healthline. Last retrieved 7/26/2019https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/intrusive-thoughts

[1] Joshua Freedman, “Before Your Meeting: A Profoundly Simple Question.” Six Seconds EQ Business (September 5, 2012) Last retrieved 7/26/2019 https://www.6seconds.org/2012/09/05/before-your-meeting-a-profoundly-simple-question/


[1] Joshua Freedman Six Seconds EQ


[1] Jordi Quoidbach, June Gruber, Moïra Mikolajczak, et al., “Emodiversity and the Emotional Ecosystem.” Journal of experimental psychology. General. (2014).  143(6):2066. DOI 10.1037/a0038025


[1] Katharine E. Smidt, and Michael K. Suvak, “A brief, but nuanced, review of emotional granularity and emotion differentiation research.” Current Opinion in Psychology. (2015)

V. 3 p 48-51 doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.02.007


[1] Lisa Feldman Barret, How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)


[1]Krista Tippet [host], “Interview with Mahzarin Banaji The Mind is a Difference Seeking Machine,” On Being. (2018). Last retreived on 7/26/2018



[1] Scott Taylor, “Rethinking What We Think About How to Change.” TEDx Babson College (2019). Last retrieved 7/25/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FClv1h4L1H8


[1] Viktor Frankl, “Youth in Search of Meaning.” Toronto Youth Corps. (1972) Last retrieved 7/26/2019 https://logotherapy.univie.ac.at/clipgallery.html

[1] Albert, Einstein. (1931) On Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions & Aphorisms. (Dover Publications; Dover edition, 2009) p. 5


[1] Yuval Noah Harari, “Why Humans Run the World,” TEDGlobalLondon (2015) Last retrieved 7/26/2019 https://www.ted.com/talks/yuval_noah_harari_what_explains_the_rise_of_humans/transcript?language=en


[1] JK Norem and N Cantor, “Defensive pessimism: harnessing anxiety as motivation.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (1986) 51(6):1208-17. PMID: 3806357


[1] J.K. Rowling, “'The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.” 'Harvard Commencement Address (2008) Last retrieved 7/26/2019  https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2008/06/text-of-j-k-rowling-speech/


[1]Gabriele Oettingen, Hyeon-ju Pak and Karoline Schnetter, “Self-Regulation of Goal Setting: Turning Free Fantasies About the Future Into Binding Goals.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2001) 80:5; 736-753 DOI: 1O.1037//O022-3514.80.5.736



[1] Heidi Halvorson, Succeed: How we reach our goals. (New York: Penguin, 2010)


[1]Robert Dielenberg and Iain Mcgregor, “Defensive behavior in rats towards predatory odors: A review.” Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews. (2001).  25. 597-609. 10.1016/S0149-7634(01)00044-6.


[1] Meeri Kim, “Study finds that fear can travel quickly through generations of mice DNA.” Washington Post. (December 7, 2013) Last retrieved 7/27/19



Brian G Dias & Kerry J Ressler, “Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations.” Nature Neuroscience. (2014) volume 17, p 89–96


[1] Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want. (New York: Penguin, 2007)


[1] John J. Ratey, A User’s Guide to the Brain. (New York: Random House, 2002)

[1] Jeremy Dean, Making Habits Breaking Habits. (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2013) 


[1] Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence. (New York: Bantam, 1995)


Also, if this is interesting to you please see Joseph LeDoux’s work.


[1] John H. Riskind, “They stoop to conquer: Guiding and self-regulatory functions of physical posture after success and failure.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (1984) Vol 47:3; 479-493. DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.47.3.479

[1]  J. P. Forgas, L. Goldenberg, and C. Unkelbach, “Can bad weather improve your memory? An unobtrusive field study of natural mood effects on real-life memory.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. (2009) 54, 254-257. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2008.08.014


[1] “Thinking negatively can boost your memory, study finds.” Reuters. (November 2, 2009) https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSP488505


[1] Chandrika Tandon [host], “Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times - Deepak Chopra and Sadhguru, moderated by Ms. Chandrika Tandon.” Conference of Bharath Vidhya Bhavan, New York, Pierre Hotel. Published by Inner Engineering. (2015) Last retrieved 7/30/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2647&v=WMhJgdpj1d0

[1] “Jon Kabat-Zinn: Defining Mindfulness. What is mindfulness? The founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Explains.” Mindful Magazine. (January 2017) Last retrieved 7/28/2019 https://www.mindful.org/jon-kabat-zinn-defining-mindfulness


[1] Ellen Langer, “Mindful learning.” Current directions in psychological science. (2000)  9:6; 220- 223. doi.org/10.1111/1467-8721.00099

[1] Ellen Langer, Mindfulness. (Boston: Da Capo, 1989) p 150


[1] Alia Crum, and Ellen Langer, “Mind-set matters: Exercise and the placebo effect.” Psychological Science. (2007) 18:2; 165-171. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01867.x

[1] R.S. Bishop, M. Lau, S. Shapiro, L. Carlson, N.D. Anderson, J. Carmody, and G. Devins, “Mindfulness: a proposed operational definition.” Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. (2004). 11:3; 230–241. doi:10.1093/clipsy/bph077


[1][1]  Wendy Wood, “Habit in Personality and Social Psychology.” Personality and Social Psychology Review. (November 2017). 21:4; 389–403. doi:10.1177/1088868317720362.


[1] “Capitalizing on Complexity: Insights from the Global Chief Executive Officer Study.” IBM. Last retrieved 7/28/2019 https://www.ibm.com/downloads/cas/1VZV5X8J


[1]Albert Rothenberg, “The Process of Janusian Thinking in Creativity.” Archives of General Psychology. (1971)24:3;195 doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750090001001.


[1] Valerie Strauss, “The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students.” The Washington Post. (December 20, 2017) Last retrieved 7/28/2019 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/20/the-surprising-thing-google-learned-about-its-employees-and-what-it-means-for-todays-students/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.709ceaa05b12


[1] David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, “Reading Fiction Improves Theory of Mind.” Science. (2013). 342:6156; 377-380 DOI: 10.1126/science.1239918

[1]Liz Mineo, “Good Genes are Nice but Joy is Better.” The Harvard Gazette. (2017) Last retrieved 7/29/2019 https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/


Jessica Laheytim Lahey, “How Loneliness Wears on the Body

New research supports the idea that social isolation is detrimental to physical health—and that companionship may improve it.” The Atlantic. (December, 2015)


[1] Kirsten Weir, “The pain of social rejection as far as the brain is concerned, a broken heart may not be so different from a broken arm.” American Psychological Association. (April, 2012) 43:4; 50.


Naomi I. Eisenberger, Matthew D. Lieberman, and Kipling D. Williams, “Does Rejection Hurt? An fMRI Study of Social Exclusion.” Science  (2003) 302:5643; 290-292 DOI: 10.1126/science.1089134


[1] “Drugs and the Meaning of Life.” Making Sense with Sam Harris. [Podcast] Last retrieved https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQO2552UJko


[1] Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques. (Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1963)


[1] Daniel Goleman, “The Sweet Spot for Achievement: What's the relationship between stress and performance?” Psychology Today. (March 2012) Last retrieved 7/26/2019 https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/the-brain-and-emotional-intelligence/201203/the-sweet-spot-achievement


[1] J. Kiverstein, and M. Miller, “The embodied brain: towards a radical embodied cognitive neuroscience.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (May, 2015) doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00237


R. Levenson, P. Ekman, and W. Friesen, W, “Voluntary Facial Action Generates Emotion-Specific Autonomic Nervous System Activity.” Psychophysiology (1990) 27:4; 363-384 doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.1990.tb02330.x


[1] N.H. Frijda, The Emotions. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986)


[1] Shlomo Hareli1, Konstantinos Kafetsios, and Ursula Hess,

“A cross-cultural study on emotion expression and the learning of social norms.”

Frontiers of Psychology, (2015) | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01501


[1] If this is interesting to you please see Paul Ekman’s work https://www.paulekman.com/paul-ekman/

[1] Frank Pierce Jones, Freedom to Change. (London: Mouritz, 1997) p 3


[1] Kurt Fischer and Thomas Bidell, “Dynamic Development of Action and Thought.” In W. Damon and R.M. Lerner (Eds.) Theoretical Models of Human Development. Handbook of Child Psychology. (New York, Wiley, 2006) p 318


[1] “Are You Facing a Problem or a Polarity?” Center for Creative Leadership. Last retrieved 7/26/2019 https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/are-you-facing-a-problem-or-a-polarity/

[1] Howard, Thurman, The Search For Common Ground : An Inquiry Into The Basis Of Man's Experience Of Community.  (Harper Row Publishers, 1971) p 104


[1] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story.” TEDGlobal 2009 Last retrieved 7/28/2019 https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_stor


[1] Henri Tajfel  M. G. Billig  R. P. Bundy  Claude Flament, “Social categorization and intergroup behavior.” European Journal of Social Psychology. (1971) 1:2; 149-178 https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2420010202


[1] David J. Hargreaves, I Andrew M. Colman, and Wladyslaw Sluckin, “The Attractiveness of Names.” Human Relations. (1983) 36:4; 393-402


Anushka Asthana, “Names really do make a difference: Research shows that girls with 'feminine' names steer clear of 'masculine' maths and science.” The Guardian. (2007) Last retrieved 7/28/2019 www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/apr/29/theobserversuknewspages.uknews


[1] Randy J. Larsen , Margaret Kasimatis  & Kurt Frey, “Facilitating the Furrowed Brow: An Unobtrusive Test of the Facial Feedback Hypothesis Applied to Unpleasant Affect.” Cognition and Emotion (1992) 6:5; 321-338 doi.org/10.1080/02699939208409689


Fritz Strack, “Inhibiting and Facilitating Conditions of the Human Smile: A Nonobtrusive Test of the Facial Feedback Hypothesis.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (1988) 54: 5; 768-777

[1] Christopher Bergland, “Silent Third Person Self-Talk Facilitates Emotion Regulation: Try using your own name during inner dialogues.” Psychology Today. (July 8, 2017) Last retrieved 7/28/2019 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201707/silent-third-person-self-talk-facilitates-emotion-regulation,

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[1] Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way. (New York: Penguin, 1992)