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(p. 37) Session 4: Paying Attention to the Commentator 

(p. 37) Session 4: Paying Attention to the Commentator
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(p. 37) Session 4: Paying Attention to the Commentator
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Colette M. Smart

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197510124.003.0004
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date: 14 June 2021

The main principle that we will talk about in this session is the idea of a “commentator,” the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs that go on in the background of our awareness, but can have a big impact on how we feel. Specifically, the emotional reactions we have to cognitive slip-ups. Through the homework you previously did related to tracking “slips and falls,” you will be invited to reflect on the aspect of your mind that is constantly commenting on your experience (i.e., the “commentator”). This, in turn, is connected to the concept of mind-wandering; this is a core concept in most discussions of mindfulness practices, and may become even more of an issue as we age. For homework, you will be introduced to the second of two Mindful Yoga series, and we will once again revisit the attention hierarchy in terms of the practices you are learning. Tracking unpleasant events is also assigned for homework.

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