Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 291–312

Mindfulness: A Proposed Common Factor

  • Jeffery R. Martin

DOI: 10.1023/B:JOPI.0000010885.18025.bc

Cite this article as:
Martin, J.R. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration (1997) 7: 291. doi:10.1023/B:JOPI.0000010885.18025.bc


Mindfulness is proposed as a core psychotherapy process. It is defined as a state of psychological freedom that occurs when attention remains quiet and limber, without attachment to any particular point of view. It can be shown that this process is collaborativefy employed by psychotherapist and patient within all psychotherapy orientations, and also by the integrative psychotherapist when making optimal choices among orientations. This article addresses (1) the defining attributes of mindfulness, (2) relevant conceptual approaches that lend theoretical support for a mindfulness factor, (3) two attentional forms of mindfulness that seem to have particular correspondence with either psychodynamic or cognitive-behavioral therapy, (4) clinical applications, and (5) the role of mindfulness for the integrative decision-making process.

mindfulness attention common factor psychotherapy integration observing self 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffery R. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Community MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco

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