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About LauraA

I'm a writer and researcher with a Ph.D. in social/personality psychology. My interests include beliefs and worldviews, ethics, motivation, and relationships, both among humans and between humans and the natural world. In addition to my professional research articles, my work has appeared in the Journal of Environmental Philosophy and Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside.

“The only thing we have to fear…”

International terrorists are trying to ratchet up our fear. They’re devoting their lives to getting us to invest a lot of energy into making ourselves far more secure (in one specific dimension or another) than rationally called for. They’re working … Continue reading

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Mindfulness IV: Making Choices – Ethics and Mindfulness

Ideally, mindfulness would make us more conscious of the world around us and more sensitive to the way our actions affect others. But is that necessarily so? Caveat Four: Mindfulness doesn’t always lead to “goodness.” Here are some possible ways … Continue reading

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Mindfulness III: When Mindfulness Sets Us Adrift

One benefit often mentioned for mindfulness is the value of shaking up one’s complacent perspective on life. Jon Kabat-Zinn explained that “we lock ourselves into a personal fiction that we already know who we are, that we already know where … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Caveats II: “Always Be Mindful” – Good Idea?

“Chopping wood is meditation. Carrying water is meditation. Be mindful 24 hours a day, not just during the one hour you may allot for formal meditation… Each act must be carried out in mindfulness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle … Continue reading

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Mindfulness – Four Caveats / Part One: Why Mindfulness?

In the world of health behavior research, mindfulness is definitely hot. New benefits are being discovered all the time. Mindfulness helps people cope with stress, by reducing their cortisol (stress hormones) and blood pressure and increasing their resilience, and in … Continue reading

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Mini-update II

This is just a quick post to say I’m still working on those mindfulness posts.  They’re getting rather, shall we say, “thorough,” in fact.  Soon!  

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Mini-update

It’s been nearly six months since I’ve posted here – I’ve been caught up in work and haven’t had time to develop the ideas I want to share here. Within the next week or two, though, I’m planning to write … Continue reading

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