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Perceived ControlTheory, Research, and Practice in the First 50 Years$
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John W. Reich and Frank J. Infurna

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257040.001.0001

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Perceived Control and Mindfulness

Perceived Control and Mindfulness

Controlling the Impossibility of Controllability

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Perceived Control

Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi

Ellen J. Langer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between mindfulness and control. The chapter also discusses the implications of mindfulness and mindlessness in connection with perceived control. The authors argue that mindfulness unfolds itself as the key component that gives rise to an increase of control in different interpersonal and intrapersonal domains. The chapter presents the phenomenological implications of mindfulness for choice-making and explores possible layers of mindfulness in implementing cognitive and emotional synergy in interpersonal relationships. The authors introduce mindfulness not merely as a cognitive component but also as a way of being that leads to enhancement of empowerment in sundry domains of human interaction.

Keywords:   mindfulness, mindlessness, perceived control, choice, controllability, control

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