Hmm, OK

Mindfulness only works for women, not men, a new study claims.
The meditation method teaches people to focus on their current sensations and emotions – and has rocketed in popularity in recent years.
Indeed, scores of medical studies show the practice helps to fight depression, fatigue, posture, and even diseases by boosting the body on a cellular level.
But a new study by Brown University warns nobody has tested how its effects might be different for men and women – and according to their research, the results are stark.

22 comments on “Hmm, OK

  1. What? Only women are susceptible to the placebo effect? I’ll believe that when I see it.

    Not that I will see it, of course, because it is no doubt behind a pay wall, despite the taxpayer having paid for it.

  2. “Emotional disorders like depression in early adulthood are linked to a litany of negative trajectories that further disadvantage women, such as poor academic performance…”

    You what? Girls don’t do well at school, whereas boys do?

  3. Mindfulness helped me get rid of an insomnia problem, albeit not in a prescribed manner. However I thoroughly recommend trying it to anyone who can’t turn their brain down. But it’s a technique, not a lifestyle.

    I don’t know any other men who’ve got anything from it, mind.. but plenty of women.

  4. medical studies show the practice helps to fight […] posture

    I wonder how that works. Or do they mean ‘imposture’?

  5. Though this looks interesting, then saw that the link was to the Daily Mail and thought no, perhaps not.

  6. I second what Thought Gang said. It’s a good technique to quiet the mind, but I wouldn’t make any other claims for it.

  7. Ha- I’m not totally dismissive. I recognise that mind training techniques are a thing that can produce positive results. Just as Yoga is not all woo- it does indeed make you flexible. But the person i know who is really into this stuff also was a reikii healer at one point, and those peeps don’t know where the real begins and the woo stops and just go around looking for credulous clients telling them all sorts of bullshit. – this study/headline goes straight into the toolbag to be pulled out when a male client starts not to show any results.

  8. @Geoff Taylor

    ‘It’s a good technique to quiet the mind, but I wouldn’t make any other claims for it.’

    What about beer?

  9. So, “mindfulness” helps those whose brains rattle with uncontrollable and irrational thoughts, but are unhelpful to those whose thoughts are focussed and not subject to massive changes in hormone levels over the month or pandemic levels of mental illness?

    God I love being a male.

  10. Mindfulness is a useful technique if you’re stuck somewhere with nothing to read. It’s basically meditation. One thing I try is to relax, close my eyes and concentrate on breathing while being aware of the noises around me. If you don’t have COPD then you can slow your breathing rate to a quite surprising degree without hyperventilating or going into oxygen debt (I mean like <90 breaths an hour).

    Reiki is just cast-iron bullshit.

  11. “teaches people to focus on their current sensations and emotions ”

    Got me there. Which sensations & emotions do people usually focus on? Yesterday’s sensations & last week’s emotions’d be a tad confusing, wouldn’t it?

  12. Much as I should feel discriminated against, I think I can live without the benefits of mindfulness.

  13. @ John Galt

    It does not follow that because thoughts are uncontrollable that they are irrational and/or unfocused.

  14. It does not follow that because thoughts are uncontrollable that they are irrational and/or unfocused

    You’ve clearly never lived with a woman then.

  15. If you’ve got time to put aside 30 minutes a day thinking about nothing whatsoever, I don’t think you can seriously claim to be ‘stressed’.

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