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Mindfulness and mindlessness and ALS

Francesco Pagnini, Deborah Phillips, Eleonora Volpato, Paolo Banfi and Ellen Langer

in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Published in print February 2018 | ISBN: 9780198757726
Published online February 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191817618 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198757726.003.0004
Mindfulness and mindlessness and ALS

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Mindfulness and mindlessness are two relevant psychological constructs for the field of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). When mindful, people are more open, flexible, and aware, and this attitude results in a higher psychological well-being. A mindful attitude is a source of psychological resilience for people with ALS and their caregivers. Conversely, a mindless view about the illness, reducing the whole person’s identify to the diagnosis, represents a threat to their quality of life. Furthermore, preliminary findings seem to suggest that mindfulness is associated with a slower course of the disease. In this chapter we discuss the impact that mindfulness can exert on both the quality and the quantity of life.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Development of the Nervous System

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