The observing self: Diminishing egocentrism through brief mindfulness meditation

Marius Golubickis, Lucy B. G. Tan, Johanna Katariina Falben, C. Neil Macrae

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Abstract

Reflecting the egocentrism that permeates contemporary society, people often believe they stand out in the eyes of others (i.e., the spotlight effect), a conviction that is entirely misplaced. Although considerable efforts have focused on elucidating the consequences of the spotlight effect, much less is known about factors that may attenuate this illusory perception. Accordingly, the current study explored the possibility that, via shifts in perspectives on the self (i.e., first person vs. third person), brief mindfulness-based meditation may reduce a future-oriented variant of this bias. The results revealed that, compared with responses in the control conditions (i.e., control meditation or no mediation), brief mindfulness-based meditation fostered the adoption of a third-person vantage point during mental imagery and diminished perceptions of personal salience.
Original languageEnglish
Article number46
Pages (from-to)521-527
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume46
Issue number4
Early online date10 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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Keywords

  • egocentrism
  • mental imagery
  • visual perspective
  • mindfulness

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The observing self : Diminishing egocentrism through brief mindfulness meditation. / Golubickis, Marius; Tan, Lucy B. G.; Falben, Johanna Katariina; Macrae, C. Neil.

In: European Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 46, No. 4, 46, 06.2016, p. 521-527.

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Golubickis, Marius ; Tan, Lucy B. G. ; Falben, Johanna Katariina ; Macrae, C. Neil. / The observing self : Diminishing egocentrism through brief mindfulness meditation. In: European Journal of Social Psychology. 2016 ; Vol. 46, No. 4. pp. 521-527.
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