‘To me, it's like a little box of tricks’: Breaking the depressive interlock as a programme participant in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Murphy, H. and Lahtinen, Marika 2014. ‘To me, it's like a little box of tricks’: Breaking the depressive interlock as a programme participant in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 88 (2), pp. 210-226.
|Authors||Murphy, H. and Lahtinen, Marika|
Objectives. Mindfulness meditation practices have become increasingly popular in clinical therapies, changing patterns of depressogenic thinking for individuals who experience consecutive episodes of depression. We were interested in finding out how Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) worked for programme participants by focussing on how meditative practices changed their relationships to their thoughts.
Design. Data for the study came from six semi-structured research interviews carried out with individuals who had taken part in an 8 week MBCT programme
Methods. We used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to analyse the experiential accounts.
Results. We report on two superordinate themes – Engaging the Neutral Mind (with subordinate themes ‘breaking the paralysis of worry’ and ‘choosing to think differently’) and Experiencing the Neutral Mind (with subordinate themes of ‘reflection on previous thinking styles’ and ‘becoming psychologically self-reliant’).
Conclusions. Themes from the present study offer support to the assertion that mindfulness meditation helps facilitate a different mode of meta-cognitive processing with which to handle depression-related cognitions.
Participants recognised that ruminating over negative thoughts was related to depressive states and experienced a shift in meta-cognitive processes that actively challenged depressogenic cognitions
Participants became more psychologically self-reliant and therapeutically independent following MBCT
Integrating mindfulness based practices in therapy may be a mediating factor in sustaining psychological wellbeing and may help clients develop self-compassion
Future research looks to examining exit cases to understand elements of MBCT which are experienced as less successful by clients
|Journal||Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice|
|Journal citation||88 (2), pp. 210-226|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/papt.12041|
|02 Sep 2014|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Jun 2015|
|Accepted||02 Sep 2014|
|Copyright information||© 2014 The British Psychological Society. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ‘To me, it's like a little box of tricks’: Breaking the depressive interlock as a programme participant in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/papt.12041. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving|
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