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MYRIAD - My Resilience in Adolescence project UK

Discussion in 'Other psychosomatic news and research' started by Sly Saint, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    http://myriadproject.org/myriad-project/
    http://myriadproject.org/

    The MYRIAD collaboration:
    Kings College London, University of Oxford, University of Exeter, MRC; Cognition and Brain sciences unit, University of Cambridge, UCL, Wellcome.

    see also:
    Mindfulness Training in UK Secondary Schools: a Multiple Case Study Approach to Identification of Cornerstones of Implementation


    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-018-0982-4
    (February 2019, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 376–389)

    see also:
    http://oxfordmindfulness.org/project/myriad/

    eta: the infiltration continues
     
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  2. Amw66

    Amw66 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Mindfulness is flavour of the month, literally for everything.

    Stripped of its buddhist trappings it is now a quick fix with the same issues as CBT ( potential for patient/ participant blaming when it dosn't work, and will not work for some people;very suitable for empire building; can be seen to be doing something about a problem without necessarily doing very much at all)

    Coyne has been very vocal on this phenomenon.

    For those for whom it works it can be really useful.
    It's the premise of the one size fits all again.
     
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    Esther12 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    How likely is it that teenagers will just rip the piss out of this stuff? Have British teenagers really lost that much cynicism in the decades since I was at school?
     
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    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    All sounds very innocent until you start looking into it. Some people have raised concerns about their children being 'converted' to Buddism which is the basis of mindfulness.
    This course at Oxford might also raise some concerns:
    MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

    https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/mst-in-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy
     
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    JaimeS Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Like everything they co-opt: strip it of anything that doesn't replicate their ideology, package it, and mark it for sale.
     
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    Fundamentalists think that everything used on or for children is Satan, though. Even the Harry Potter books were said to be a gateway drug to Satan because they contained 'witches', at least here in the states.

    There is nothing wrong with learning about other cultures and how they do things in and of itself... there are a lot of classes explicitly about religion and/or religious practice at universities. I took a few, and did not convert to any of those religions.
     
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    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Yes but this is being done in schools from an early age and not in the context of religious or cultural education so I can understand the concerns particularly when there might be potential to skew what is being taught.
    https://mindfulnessinschools.org/about/
     
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    JaimeS Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Can you explain what concerns you?

    Meditation isn't a harmful or esoteric practice. It's just closing your eyes and trying to focus on calm. Mindfulness is only slightly more specific than that. And it doesn't have to be linked to any specific religion or diety.

    [Edited for clarity!]
     
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  9. shak8

    shak8 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I wouldn't want mindfulness completely divorced from its religious/philosophical underpinning.

    As Dr. Farhad Dalal points out in his critiques of Mindfulness Based CBT, that it is being used to try to prevent PTSD in American soldiers. In other words, who gives a toss about the Buddhist philosophy of doing no harm to any living creature, but rather let's turn these soldiers into more efficient and longer-lasting killing machines.

    Though perhaps if the soldiers practiced secular mindfulness, would they be less likely to join the armed forces?
     
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