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“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Influence of Meditation Practices over Social Connectedness


Hristina Telefonska

Abstract:

Recent research papers indicate strong correlation between meditation practices and increased social connectedness, decreased social isolation and general positive effects on social life. Our research is part of bigger project about influence of the meditation techniques over social perception. The study is conducted online, participants (n=181) answer questions regarding their meditational experience, 5 facet mindfulness questionnaire and sets of questions about aspects of social perception, social connectedness and first impression. The study shows strong correlation between meditation experience and subjective social connectedness. A distinct pattern appeared that shows the impact of meditation practice over subjective quality of love life and friendship relationships. General results show tendency of increasing subjective social isolation.

Keywords:

social connectedness, meditational practice, mindfulness, relationship satisfaction.

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