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How mindful am I?

Dr Retha van Rensburg October 2017

· Mind,Life Skills

Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (Brown, K.W. & Ryan, R.M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 822-848.)

 

Day-to-Day Experiences

 

Below is a collection of statements about your everyday experience. Using the 1-6 scale below, please indicate how frequently or infrequently you currently have each experience. Please answer according to what really reflects your experience rather than what you think your experience should be. Please treat each item separately from every other item.

 

  1. I could be experiencing some emotion and not be conscious of it until some time later.

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  1. I break or spill things because of carelessness, not paying attention, or thinking of something else.

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  1. I find it difficult to stay focused on what's happening in the present.

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  1. I tend to walk quickly to get where I'm going without paying attention to what I experience along the way.

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  1. I tend not to notice feelings of physical tension or discomfort until they really grab my attention.

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  1. I forget a person's name almost as soon as I've been told it for the first time.

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  1. It seems I am "running on automatic," without much awareness of what I'm doing.

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  1. I rush through activities without being really attentive to them.

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  1. I get so focused on the goal I want to achieve that I lose touch with what I'm doing right now to get there.

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  1. I do jobs or tasks automatically, without being aware of what I'm doing

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  1. I find myself listening to someone with one ear, doing something else at the same time.

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  1. I drive places on "automatic pilot" and then wonder why I went there.

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  1. I find myself preoccupied with the future or the past.

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  1. I find myself doing things without paying attention.

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  1. I snack without being aware that I'm eating.

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Scoring information:

 

To know how mindful you are simply add all your scores together and divide by 15. The higher you score the more mindful you are.

 

This post is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered therapy. This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental Health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.

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This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.