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Gina Kostoulias

on 20 January 2014

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Transcript of Mindfullness

--It is checking in on yourself.
--It helps you spot the time when you go beyond the
--It helps you discern the events from the what ifs and
the if only.
--It helps you become aware of your thoughts separated
from your feelings, from your bodily sensations, or
your feelings from your thoughts and bodily
sensations, or your bodily sensations from your
thoughts and feelings.
It helps you focus

plays an important role.

It is a state of mental awareness (DeVito, 2013)
in Interpersonal Communication

You need to be mindful:

1. of the unique communication
situation you are in
2. of your available communication
options or choices, and
3. of the reasons why one option is
likely to prove better than the

(Burgoon, Berger & Waldron, 2000; Elmes & Gemmill, 1990; Langer, 1989)
Become aware, conscious about the way you engage in interpersonal communication
Learn to see objects, events, and people as belonging to a wide variety of categories.
even when these contradict your most firmly held stereotypes.
Can the message be misinterpreted?

How can you change an unproductive communication pattern?

Why would you adapt your message every time you find yourself in a situation?

Why think before you act?
Communicating Mindfully
Do you regularly examine your choices, before you send your message?

In which situations are you more apt to communicate mindlessly?

Are you more or less mindful when communicating on Facebook, Twitter, or other social sites?
You become aware of your choices.
In Interpersonal Communication Mindfullness is about becoming aware of your reasons for thinking or communicating in a particular way.

(Langer, 1989)
(Chanowitz & Langer, 1981, Langer, 1989)
How to Increase Mindfullness?
Beware of Relying to Heavily on First Impressions
Create and Recreate Categories
Be Open to New Information and Points of View
Effective interpersonal skills
Learn to Awaken Your Mindfullness
"The Science of Mindfullness" lecture delivered
by Oxford University Professor Mark Williams
(March 2012)
The opposite:
, is a lack of conscious awareness of your thinking or communicating (Langer, 1989)
Example: Try to see your romantic partner in a variety of roles: child, parent, employee, neighbor, friend, financial contributor, and so on.
*new information forces you to
reconsider your thinking
*new information can help you
challenge your beliefs
*new information may help you see your
own and others' behaviors from a
variety of viewpoints.
Treat your first impressions as tentative-- as hypotheses that need further investigation.

Be prepared to revise, reject, or accept these initial impressions.
From a psychological perspective:
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