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In modern psychology many people talk about mindfulness and acceptance.
I understand it as a way of helping people looking at their feelings/emotions from a distance instead of them influencing you in the wrong way. I was told that in accepting oneself there could be a problem. The person told me that you must identify yourself with who you were in the past and is in the now. Acceptance could make you looking at yourself from a distance. I was told something like that.
It's strange that we need such a fancy word as mindfulness when we could call it "being human". It's sad, I think, that people think of Buddhism when they hear this word (even our western traditions have had traditions of mindfulness).  Some people say that mindfulness is a way for modern people to show their longing for religion (without needing to go to church).
I am by no means an expert in this area so I write this to you who is the expert in psychology. What do you say about this?

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Mindfulness and acceptance have very specific meanings in psychology.

Read the information at this link:  http://www.actmindfully.com.au/acceptance_&_commitment_therapy

Mindfulness refers to the concept of living in the moment and experiencing the current sensations, perceptions and thoughts, rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future.

Acceptance refers to the ability to tolerate and accept painful and uncomfortable feelings and thought, rather than run away from those feelings.

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I can answer academic questions about psychology. I am not a clinician (therapist), I am a research psychologist with expertise in biopsychology, general psychology, cognitive psychology, research methods and psychopharmacology.

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I have 25 years experience as a researcher in health behavior, biopsychology and psychopharmacology.

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Applications of Market Research for Small Business UMBC Activate Program, March 2008 HIV/AIDS: An assessment of Need in the Continuum of Care. Optum Health Education. Optumhealtheducation.com/node/2887, 12/2008 Maximizing the online medium for market research: Best practices. Market Research for Pharmaceuticals Conference, 12/06/2006 O誰eill, K.A. APD, ADD, ADHD and AD/HD: Personal and scientific reflections. Audiology Online, 6/6/2005. O誰eill, K.A. et al, Hyperactivity induced by NMDA injections into the nucleus accumbens. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 34(4), Dec 1989, 739-745. O誰eill, K.A. and Liebman, J.M. Unique behavioral effects of the NMDA antagonist, CPP, upon injection into the medial prefrontal cortex of rats. Brain Research, 435(1-2), Dec 1987, 371-376. O誰eill, K.A. and Gertner, S.B. Effects of centally administered H2 antagonists on motor activity. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. 264, 1987, 683-686. O誰eill, K.A. and Gertner, S.B. Effects of centrally administered H2 antagonists in the behavioral despair test. 90(2), 1986, 190-192. O誰eill, K.A. Chronic desipramine attenuates morphine analgesia. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. 24(1), Jan 1986, 155 158. O誰eill, K.A. and Valentino, D. Escapability and generalization: Effect on 礎ehavioral despair. European Journal of Pharmacology 78(3), March 1982, 379-80. O誰eill, K.A. et al, An automated high capacity method for measuring jumping latencies on a hot plate. Journal of Pharmacological Methods, 10(1), Aug 1983, 13-18. O誰eill, K.A., Scott, C. and Weissman, A. Naloxone enhances nociceptive responding. Society for Neuroscience, Abstract 9: 274, 1983.

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Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 1983. Post doctoral fellow dept of psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, 1983-1984. Post doctoral fellow, dept of pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1984-1985.

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