The effects of mindfulness and self-consciousness on persistence

Daniel R. Evans, Ruth A. Baer, Suzanne C. Segerstrom

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Although theory and research suggest that self-awareness is necessary to regulate one's behaviors, it is unclear what effect mindfulness, a form of present-centered, non-judgmental, and non-reactive awareness, would have on behavioral self-regulation. The present study found that trait mindfulness, particularly its nonjudging and non-reacting facets, predicted increased persistence on a difficult lab task (N = 142). Although self-critical facets of self-consciousness were negatively related to mindfulness, self-consciousness did not predict persistence as expected. Mindfulness, particularly nonjudging and non-reactive aspects, may improve self-regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-382
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Mindfulness
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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