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The psychosomatics of meditation

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Journal publication date1980
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Number of pages9
Original languageEnglish


Meditation is defined and its historical context is briefly described. Its use in the Western world as a relaxation technique is discussed and the problems of carrying out research in this area are delineated. Research results in four areas are reviewed: the psychophysiological correlates of meditation; personality change associated with learning and regularly practising meditation; the use of meditation as a therapy and the use of meditation in stress-related disorders. Finally, the dangers of meditation practices and theoretical explanations for the effects of meditation are described.