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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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LEE, Shayna Fox  and  YOUNG, Jacy L.. Mind the gap: the history and philosophy of health psychology and mindfulness. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2018, vol.10, n.2, pp.25-39. ISSN 2177-093X.

The recent surge in popularity of the concept 'mindfulness' in academic, professional, and popular psychology has been remarkable. The ease with which mindfulness has gained traction in the health sciences and cultural imagination makes it apparent mindfulness is well-suited to our current social climate, appealing to both, experts and laypeople. As a subdiscipline established relatively late in the twentieth century, health psychology has a unique relationship to mindfulness. This article elucidates the shared roots between health psychology and mindfulness as a psychological construct and field of research, providing a frame of reference for the ways in which health psychology and mindfulness share similar theoretical and methodological challenges that affect their integration into health, social systems, and services.

Keywords : mindfulness; history; philosophy.

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