The concept of mindfulness: nonspecific factor of psychological wellbeing



During the last decades the growing interest in the study of the concept of mindfulness as a psychological construct and a form of psychotherapeutic intervention for the prevention and treatment of various mental disorders has become prominent in the foreign literature. On the basis of empirical evidence the article describes the positive effects of psychological awareness, including an increase of the subjective well-being, satisfaction with interpersonal relationships, improvement of some cognitive performance (working memory, executive functions), decline in cognitive and emotional reactivity. The article gives a description of the presumed neurobiological correlates of awareness and formulate the general perspective for further research.

General Information

Keywords: mindfulness; mindfulness-based cognitive therapy; awareness; psychological wellbeing; mental health

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Pugovkina O.D., Shil'nikova Z. The concept of mindfulness: nonspecific factor of psychological wellbeing [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2014. Vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 18–28. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga D. Pugovkina, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Research Associate, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Counseling, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry — Branch of The Serbsky Federal Medical Research Center for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Zlata Shil'nikova, undergraduate of the faculty of counseling and clinical psychology Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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