Mindfulness and anxiety disorders: Developing a wise relationship with the inner experience of fear

Jeffrey Greeson, Jeffrey Brantley

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Perhaps no condition better illustrates the intimate relationship between brain and behavior-mind and body-as the inner experience of fear. In this chapter, we present an integrative scientific view of anxiety and clinical anxiety disorders, with an emphasis on awareness and acceptance as a foundation for mind/body health. Whereas anxiety-related psychopathology is characterized by a desire to avoid the inner experience of fear, we postulate that practicing mindfulness can promote a wise and accepting relationship with one's internal cognitive, emotional, and physical experience, even during times of intense fear or worry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Handbook of Mindfulness
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780387095929
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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