Since he first developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn has not only become a key figure in shaping our ideas about physical and mental health, but a cultural icon. Here he talks about handling his public role and being placed on a pedestal.
By replacing the exotic aura of spirituality with the language of science and a down-to-earth self-help approach, mindfulness has brought practices once considered New Age hokum into mainstream acceptance. But as it increasingly becomes a product to be sold in the marketplace, does it risk losing something vital to its transformative power?
Emotion shapes and organizes our experience and connection to others. It readies us for specific actions and motivates us to change—research now confirms all this. But most of us have never been systematically trained in how to work with intense emotion in the consulting room—until now.
With Susan Johnson, Joan Klagsbrun, Jay Efran, Rick Hanson, Ron Potter-Efron, and Diana Fosha.