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MBSR and Dialogical Self Theory

Mamberg, M.H. & Bassarear, T. (2015). From reified self to being mindful. International Journal for Dialogical Science, 9 (1), 11-37. Full text.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a Western intervention whose theoretical roots are in Buddhist psychology. Dialogical Self Theory (DST) seeks to integrate William James’ and Mikhail Bakhtin’s ideas by highlighting the social embeddedness of constitutions of self. For this paper, dialogicality and discourse are emphasized: persons are seen explicitly as comprised of varying perspectives that are in dialogue with each other. Specific forms of language are assumed to constitute different aspects of self.