Thursday, June 3, 2010

Influencing Psychological Flexibility to Influence Cultural Evolution

In an article published in a 2009 issue of Behavior and Social Issues, 18, Dr. Anthony Biglan of the Oregon Research Institute writes about how through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an empirically-supported mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatment, people can learn to be more flexible in the way they respond to things, and through that, develop a greater attitude of caring for other human beings. He argues this would help reduce prejudice towards others, curb punitive disciplinary measures, and lower consumerism, which could help promote sustainable living. There is some initial research to support Dr. Biglan’s position, although the general thrust of the paper is more theoretical than empirical.

You can download the PDF here.

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