Mindfulness: A foothold for Rogers’s humanistic person-centred approach

Julius Jooste, Ankebe Kruger, Barend J.M Steyn, David J Edwards

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Abstract

This article probed and contextualised the strong parallels between meditation derived mindfulness and Rogers's humanistic person-centred (PC) approach. This was done through a conceptual and evaluative literature review of the PC framework in relation to definitive descriptions of mindfulness. Elements of mindfulness within the core conditions of PC therapy were explored and verified. Quotations, pragmatic, behavioural descriptions and explications provided evidence of a shared ideology inherent in both concepts via “way of being”. The findings suggested that mindfulness cultivates, harmonises and deepens essential therapist qualities in PC therapy. This review article could supply a rationale for significant inferences in the implementation of meditation-inspired activities in the practical preparation of trainee therapists as well as optimising proficiency and refinement in professional practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-559
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

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