25 per cent of people who try meditation suffer unpleasant experiences

Mail Online | 5/9/2019 | Colin Fernandez Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Meditation is meant to make you feel calm and enlightened.

But new research has found that one in four people had 'particularly unpleasant' experiences while meditating - such as feelings of fear and anxiety.

Findings - Reminder - Meditation - Impact - Meditation

The findings are an important reminder that meditation can sometimes have a negative impact - especially when meditation is seen as a potential solution to mental health problems such as feelings of stress, experts say.

Men were more likely to report a bad experience than women, according to The University College London research published in PLOS ONE.

Author - Marco - Schlosser - Psychiatry - Researcher

Lead author, Marco Schlosser, a psychiatry researcher at UCL, said: 'These findings point to the importance of widening the public and scientific understanding of meditation beyond that of a health-promoting technique.

'Very little is known about why, when, and how such meditation-related difficulties can occur: more research is now needed to understand the nature of these experiences.

'When - Experiences - Elements - Development - Effects

'When are unpleasant experiences important elements of meditative development, and when are they merely negative effects to be avoided?'

The 1,232 participants in the study answered the following question: 'Have you ever had any particularly unpleasant experiences (e.g. anxiety, fear, distorted emotions or thoughts, altered sense of self or the world), which you think may have been caused...
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