Interbeing. How mindfulness transforms relationships and child and family wellbeing

In cooperation with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

24jan2019 20:00 - 21:30


Mindfulness does not only influence the way we relate to ourselves, including to our mental or physical conditions, but also the way we relate to others. By practicing conscious, present-moment, non-judgmental attention, with ourselves and others, profound changes in relationships may occur. This lecture addresses the mechanisms of change and research findings of a developmental and family approach to mindfulness.

“Interbeing” is the Buddhist idea that, by living in the present moment, the interdependent nature of all phenomena and beings is experienced. Mindfulness does not only influence the way we relate to our own mental or physical conditions, but also those of others. Hence, by practicing a mindful outlook towards ourselves and others, we can profoundly transform our relationships. In this evening’s programme Susan Bögels, professor in Developmental Psychopathology and psychotherapist, discusses these transformations and results she has researched and observed regarding a developmental, relational and family approach to mindfulness.

Susan Bögels will review existing research on the effects of practicing mindfulness in pregnancy, childhood, with couples, and parents, on the attention, mental and physical health and wellbeing, parenting, and relationship quality in couples and families. Improved emotional regulation between family members, which helps with connecting, solving conflicts and reducing stress, emerges as an important mechanism of change. Introduction by Reinout Wiers.

About the speakers

Susan Bögels is a psychotherapist, specialised in cognitive behaviour therapies, and in mindfulness for children, parents, families, and companies. She is professor at the University of Amsterdam and mindfulness teacher at the Center for Mindfulness.

Reinout Wiers is full professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam. His work focusses on assessing and changing implicit cognitive processes in addiction.


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