Mindfulness and interpersonal communication

Judee K. Burgoon, Charles R. Berger, Vincent Waldron

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Many social problems can be traced to interpersonal communication difficulties, just as many proposed interventions to solve social ills also depend on effective interpersonal communication. This article examines three potential relationships between states of mind and social interaction followed by illustrations from research related to five exemplar social issues-developing effective programs for solving workplace communication problems, training the public to detect scams and hoaxes, reducing stereotyping and cross-cultural misunderstanding, managing interpersonal conflict, and constructing effective public health campaigns. We conclude by considering the likely inhibiting and facilitating effects of mindfulness-mindlessness on socially relevant transactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-127
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Burgoon, J. K., Berger, C. R., & Waldron, V. (2000). Mindfulness and interpersonal communication. Journal of Social Issues, 56(1), 105-127.