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Reserch Paper on Meditation
Meditation is the means through which an individual gets control over their brain and
thoughts and reduces the brain wavelengths hence making the time spent on one thought to
be more (Behan). Basing my opinion on this, then meditation promotes feelings of well-being
and satisfaction because one gives their brain a peaceful environment to think intensely about
certain issues which could have caused anxiety, fear, stress, or depression to them, offering a
condition through which possible solutions can be arrived at. After the short meditation
exercise, this action gives one the peace of mind to reconcile some personal issues, hence
offering satisfaction and peace. This paper identifies a problem with meditation and uses
three interpersonal theories to explain why this problem happens as well as how the behavior
can be altered, changed, or modified
However, it is a challenge for someone to keep still and keep distracting thoughts
from entering their consciousness during the meditation period because of the many thoughts
which tend to bombard the human brain at once (Behan). Consciousness is the ability of the
brain to keep alert. Therefore, being alert entails the processing of many thoughts at the same
time, hence limiting one’s ability to control the number of thoughts one has at a time
(Carvalho). These uncertainties make it hard for an individual to focus and avoid distractions.
Further, the presence of physical distractors such as noise and movements make it harder to
concentrate during the meditation period.
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As a result, meditation can lead to a higher state of mental consciousness, making one
get more alert and creative. This can be attributed to the fact that meditation makes the mind
active in a calm environment where there is peace of mind for one to think deeply, process
their thoughts, and come up with well-thought decisions and conclusions which are creative
enough to deal with some issues (Carvalho). When meditating, one gets more alert to the
environment and is more conscious of it because the mind can think about it in peace.
Meditation has been in use for a long time and continues to gain popularity, especially
among the elite in society. There are many different views concerning it, and this depends on
ones background and cultural beliefs (Carvalho). In some cases, it has been said to improve
mental health and relaxation through deep mind searching and inner peace realization in
difficult situations. While sometimes it works in conjunction with therapy and other forms of
medical interceptive solutions, it may also be used independently (Behan). There may not be
enough scientific or medical facts to prove this, but some mental situations just require
relaxation and calmness do this process offers just that. It effectively relieves stress and any
other light psychological issues (Carvalho)It is not necessarily due to poor mental health that
people go for meditation, but sometimes as routing to improve memory and the alertness of
the mind. I would like to try it someday and establish the results.
Despite its advantages, meditation also has more than a few problems in the drawback
column. In meditation, the question is asked as to how the human mind, if it is the creative
activity of an eternally flawless being, can ever arrive to erroneous conceptions about
anything. As a result, meditation may encourage negative thinking, leading to a person being
lost in their thoughts. At first, an individual may be surprised at how active and uncontrolled
his or her mind is. At this stage, the individual is discovering the truth about the state of
mind. There’s no need to stop thinking; that’s not the point of meditation. Rather, individuals
are learning to detect when they are thinking so that they do not become engrossed in a
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trance, believing things to be true and identifying with them. It is beneficial to calm down
certain folks since they are frequently in a thinking trance. The mind will progressively
become more relaxed. To aid with that quieting, it might be beneficial to relax and practice
Mindfulness at the start of a sitting, slowly returning one’s attention back to the home base in
the senses. Distinguishing the hypnosis of thinking - fantasizing, planning, commentary,
dreamlike states - from the presence that actually absorbs the changing reality of this moment
needs skill. For many people, building an anchored consciousness and allowing one’s anchor
to be in the foreground is difficult, and this is a fundamental challenge with meditation.
Interpersonal Theories
Communication Accommodation Theory
This theory has many factors that determine how people innovate their habits and
speak language towards one another (Zhang, and Giles). Accommodation refers to the
conformity of behavior that allows individuals to respond accordingly to others. With this
theory, there are two ways people can decide to accommodate, which are divergence and
convergence (Zhang, and Giles). With the problem of meditation, an individual finds a way
to comply with someone else. Also, the behavior of going away from a certain interaction
from seeing the differences in communication style. Communication Accommodation Theory
assumes that having a resemblance or not in behaviors with an individual during interaction
will appear all the time.
Self-Discrepancy Theory
Individuals compare their real self to internalized standards or the ideal or ought self,
according to the self-discrepancy theory. The idea posits that a wide range of self-
discriminations indicates a wide range of unfavorable psychological conditions connected
with various levels of discomfort (Mason et al.). The challenge of becoming lost in thoughts
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during meditation might be caused by people comparing their real selves to internalized
norms or the ideal or ought selves. As a result, this self-discrepancy theory posits that a wide
range of self-discrepancies indicates a wide range of unpleasant psychological conditions
linked to various pain levels (Mason et al.). This can help folks understand what to do if they
become lost in their thoughts. To this purpose, it is clear that the self-discrepancy theory
gives helpful information about why this problem occurs as well as how to change, adapt, or
modify behavior.
Communication Privacy Management Theory
The idea explains how people control their boundaries and keep information that they
consider private and confidential hidden. It also focuses on how people decide what
information they may divulge to the public, including information that they would normally
consider private and confidential (Petronio, and Venetis). The notion is also based on
people’s daily lives, where they find it very easy to convey knowledge from specific views
under specific conditions. Consequently, this approach can assist a person in focusing on the
meditation process and decide how they will choose whatever knowledge to reveal, therefore
avoiding being lost in their thoughts.
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Works Cited
Behan, C. "The Benefits Of Meditation And Mindfulness Practices During Times Of Crisis
Such As COVID-19". Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, vol 37, no. 4, 2020, pp.
256-258. Cambridge University Press (CUP), https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2020.38.
Accessed 14 Dec 2021.
Carvalho, António. "Rethinking The Politics Of Meditation: Practice, Affect And
Ontology". The Sociological Review, vol 69, no. 6, 2021, pp. 1260-1276. SAGE
Publications, https://doi.org/10.1177/00380261211029457. Accessed 14 Dec 2021.
Mason, Tyler B. et al. "Self-Discrepancy Theory As A Transdiagnostic Framework: A Meta-
Analysis Of Self-Discrepancy And Psychopathology.". Psychological Bulletin, vol 145,
no. 4, 2019, pp. 372-389. American Psychological Association (APA),
https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000186. Accessed 14 Dec 2021.
Petronio, Sandra, and Maria K. Venetis. "Communication Privacy Management Theory And
Health And Risk Messaging". Oxford Research Encyclopedia Of Communication,
2017. Oxford University Press,
https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.513. Accessed 14 Dec 2021.
Zhang, Yan Bing, and Howard Giles. "Communication Accommodation Theory". The
International Encyclopedia Of Intercultural Communication, 2017, pp. 1-14. Wiley,
https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0156. Accessed 14 Dec 2021.

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