Mindfulness, Interest-Taking, and Self-Regulation: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on the Role of Awareness in Optimal Functioning

C. Scott Rigby, Patricia P. Schultz, Richard M. Ryan

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Abstract

The topic of mindfulness has catalyzed a steady escalation of research with respect to both the circumstances that facilitate it, and its potential for enhancing psychological, behavioral, and health-related outcomes. In this chapter, we review the construct of mindfulness and discuss how mindfulness influences self-regulation and well-being from the perspective of Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Ryan and Deci, 2000). We focus specifically on how mindfulness, along with a related construct referred to here as interest-taking, potentiates more autonomous self-regulation, greater basic psychological need satisfactions and more investment in intrinsic versus extrinsic life goals. A key element throughout the discussion is the role of mindfulness in attenuating ego-involvement, and facilitating optimal functioning by allowing a more open, less defensive, approach to challenges and events. Relevant research on SDT, mindfulness, and interest-taking is discussed, as well as implications for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages216-235
Number of pages20
Volume1-2
ISBN (Electronic)9781118294895
ISBN (Print)9781118294871
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Interest-taking
  • Mindful awareness
  • Mindfulness
  • Openness
  • Self-determination theory (SDT)
  • Self-regulation
  • Well-being

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