Don't Forget Your Body: Mindfulness, Embodiment, and the Treatment of Depression

  title={Don't Forget Your Body: Mindfulness, Embodiment, and the Treatment of Depression},
  author={Johannes Michalak and Jan M. Burg and Thomas Heidenreich},
During the past decade, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) aiming at relapse prevention in depression has been developed and empirically tested. All exercises taught during MBCT are based on the development of a heightened awareness of one's body. The important role of the body is also stressed in a recently emerging interdisciplinary field of research termed ‘embodiment.’ This research program focuses on the interactions between bodily, cognitive, and emotional processes. Based on the… 
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  • K. Brown, R. Ryan
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 2003
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