Being alone with your thoughts or shock treatment…which would you choose?

Most people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts

People, and especially men, hate being alone with their thoughts so much that they’d rather be in pain. In a study published in Science  on the ability of people to let their minds “wander” — that is, for them to sit and do nothing but think — researchers found that about a quarter of women and two-thirds of men chose electric shocks over their own company.

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Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

In this New York Times Science article, Daniel Goleman discusses the studies that are beginning to challenge medication as the first line of defense against the attention and concentration difficulties associated with ADHD. Cognitive control is defined as the delay of gratification, impulse management, emotional self-regulation, the suppression of irrelevant thoughts, and paying attention.

In several studies being reported in Clinical Neurophysiology and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, mindfulness is being proven to have a positive effect on these significant aspects of cognitive control. Mindfulness is related directly to health and well-being. Find out more about our MBSR and MBCT mindfulness training courses, meditation, retreats and CEU by contacting the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute.

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