Objective: To get an understanding of what stress is, what triggers stress and how mindfulness can play a role in stress reduction. Methods: Based on the stress theory by Richard Lazarus and the mindfulness theory by Jon Kabat-Zinn we set out to find a patient, who had been diagnosed with stress and had participated in an eight week long MBSR course. Our empirical data is based on a semi-structured interview with a patient who met the before mentioned criteria. Results: In our research we found indications that a mindful way of living can lead to less emotional distress, a more positive state of mind, an increase in resources and a better quality of life. On the other hand we also found that the MBSR course can lead to undesirable consequences for the patient under certain circumstances. This may be a consequence as mindfulness tends to open up for mental resources and traumas which may require professional psychological or medical treatment. Conclusion: There are several aspects in our analysis which indicate that mindfulness has beneficial effects in treating stress. We noticed an increase in personal resources, psychological resilience, capability of optimal mastering of stressful circumstances, increased conscious awareness of the body creating a holistic state of mind and an increased ability to focus. We also found that psychologically vulnerable individuals may be in need of professionally psychiatric and psychological guidance in order to reduce stress in a more responsible and effective manner.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2014|
|Vejledere||Bjarne Sode Funch|