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Nilsson, Håkan
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Nilsson, H. (2018). Existential social work and the quest for existential meaning and well-being: A conceptual framework. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 37(1), 64-76
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Existential social work and the quest for existential meaning and well-being: A conceptual framework
2018 (English)In: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, ISSN 1542-6432, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 64-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to conceptualize “existential social work.” A greater understanding of what existential social work means may enable social workers and those studying social work to see how its practice can reveal “the truth” about human existence and how they, as professionals, can enhance existential meaning and existential well-being among their clients. In such work, existential social workers have at their disposal tools such as the Frankl therapeutic approach to existential analysis (i.e., logotherapy) as well as spiritual-sensitive modalities (prayer and mindfulness). To interpret and understand apparent phenomena in the therapy is the ultimate goal with existential social work practices, thus providing clients with the opportunity to discover the meaning that exists in themselves. In addition, these practices pave the way for existential well-being. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
existential meaning, existential well-being, logotherapy, social work, spirituality, conceptual framework, human, human experiment, mindfulness, religion, social work practice, wellbeing
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41041 (URN)10.1080/15426432.2017.1382428 (DOI)000429796000005 ()2-s2.0-85031927224 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-07-23 Created: 2018-07-23 Last updated: 2018-07-23Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. (2017). Cultivating Mindfulness Through The Practice Of Iaidō. Contemporary Buddhism, 18(1), 37-46
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cultivating Mindfulness Through The Practice Of Iaidō
2017 (English)In: Contemporary Buddhism, ISSN 1463-9947, E-ISSN 1476-7953, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 37-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Iaidō is a Japanese swordsmanship art that teaches the practitioner, iaidokan, a series of sword techniques known as kata. The number, and severity of [sword] techniques increases as the practitioner achieves higher grades (kyu and dan). To understand and conduct the [spiritual] core of iaidō, the iaidoka must learn how to be attentive and bodily and mindfully present when carrying out these [sword] techniques. In this respect, mindfulness training could be of great help by enhancing the ability of the iaidokan skills in this regard. Additionally, mindfulness training may be used to teach the practitioner of iaidō how to develop a being-mode. This article discusses, from both an outside-in perspective, as academic researcher and an inside-out perspective as a mindfulness and iaidō practitioner, the meaning of iaidō in terms of attention, [mindfulness] meditation and a being-mode. This discussion may prepare the way for a new and inspiring understanding of Asian spiritual practices in a Western guise.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35220 (URN)10.1080/14639947.2017.1297343 (DOI)000400328600004 ()2-s2.0-85014552633 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. & Kazemi, A. (2016). From Buddhist sati to Western mindfulness practice: A contextual analysis. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, 35(1-2), 7-23
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Buddhist sati to Western mindfulness practice: A contextual analysis
2016 (English)In: Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, ISSN 1542-6432 (Print), 1542-6440 (Online), Vol. 35, no 1-2, p. 7-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last three decades the practice of mindfulness has grown to become one of the most widespread health promoting applications in the West—so much that terms like yoga and meditation have now become standard household words. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the meaning of mindfulness within both its Buddhist and its Western context. In the former case, the aim will be to shed light on mindfulness as a concept and practice that is rooted in Buddhist understandings (i.e., the Buddhist perspective); and in the latter case, the meaning of mindfulness will be more broadly explored in terms of its relevance to society, social work and everyday life (i.e., the social (work) perspective).

Keywords
mindfulness; Buddhism; social work; spirituality
National Category
Social Work Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27653 (URN)10.1080/15426432.2015.1067582 (DOI)000384057700002 ()2-s2.0-84958169246 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-08-03 Created: 2015-08-03 Last updated: 2017-03-21Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. (2016). Mindful hållbart åldrande – holistiskt åldrande i ny belysning. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 93(6), 692-703
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mindful hållbart åldrande – holistiskt åldrande i ny belysning
2016 (Swedish)In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 93, no 6, p. 692-703Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Applied Psychology Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35290 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-26 Created: 2017-04-03 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. & Andersson, G. (2016). Mindfulness – terapier och paradoxer. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 93(1), 106-112
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mindfulness – terapier och paradoxer
2016 (Swedish)In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 106-112Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Socialmedicinsk tidskrift, 2016
Keywords
mindfulness, Buddhism, intervention, metodkritik, utbildningskvalitet
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Applied Psychology Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35295 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2017-04-03 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. & Kazemi, A. (2016). Mindfulness Therapies and Assessment Scales: A Brief Review. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 8(1), 11-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mindfulness Therapies and Assessment Scales: A Brief Review
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Psychological Studies, ISSN 1918-7211, E-ISSN 1918-722X, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 11-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Canadian Center of Science and Education, 2016
Keywords
assessment scales, clinical psychology, interventions, mindfulness, therapy
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Sport and Fitness Sciences Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35300 (URN)10.5539/ijps.v8n1p11 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-04-03 Created: 2017-04-03 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. & Kazemi, A. (2016). Reconciling and thematizing definitions of mindfulness: The big five of mindfulness. Review of General Psychology, 20(2), 183-193
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconciling and thematizing definitions of mindfulness: The big five of mindfulness
2016 (English)In: Review of General Psychology, ISSN 1089-2680, E-ISSN 1939-1552, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 183-193Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mindfulness is an emerging concept in many professions and spheres of social life. However, mindfulness (or sati in Buddhism) can connote many plausible meanings. Thus, the concept is not easily defined and the definitions provided in the literature easily confuse the reader. Some mindfulness researchers offer definitions whereas others do not and take the definition of mindfulness for granted. Beyond the problem of defining mindfulness, the fact that the phenomenon is of great interest to various disciplines, each of which has its own theoretical and methodological approaches, different authors use different terms in describing this phenomenon. In the present article 33 definitions of mindfulness were extracted from a pool of 308 peer-reviewed full-length theoretical or empirical articles written in English, published between 1993 and March 2016, after systematic searches in Google Scholar, PsycARTICLES, and SocINDEX. The definitions were analyzed with a particular focus on the defining attributes or core elements of the concept of mindfulness. The analysis yielded 4 core elements of awareness and attention, present-centeredness, external events, and cultivation. Furthermore, an additional core element emerged from this analysis as being absent in Western definitions of mindfulness. This formed the basis for formulation of a new definition of mindfulness with an emphasis on ethical-mindedness. We argue that this core element is instrumental in filling in the gap that exists in current Western definitions, and with highlighting this element we hope to bridge the Western and Buddhist notions of mindfulness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Psychological Association (APA), 2016
Keywords
mindfulness; Buddhism; sati; definition; thematic analysis
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35341 (URN)10.1037/gpr0000074 (DOI)000378237600005 ()2-s2.0-84975482070 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-04-10 Created: 2017-04-10 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. (2016). Socioexistential mindfulness: Bringing empathy and compassion into health care practice. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 3(1), 22-31
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Socioexistential mindfulness: Bringing empathy and compassion into health care practice
2016 (English)In: Spirituality in Clinical Practice, ISSN 2326-4500, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 22-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Psychological Association (APA), 2016
Keywords
health professionals, socioexistential mindfulness, Buddhism, empathy, compassion
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Applied Psychology Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35289 (URN)10.1037/scp0000092 (DOI)000372817600006 ()
Available from: 2016-03-21 Created: 2017-04-03Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H. (2015). Conceptualizing and contextualizing mindfulness: New and critical perspectives. (Doctoral dissertation). Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conceptualizing and contextualizing mindfulness: New and critical perspectives
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation aims at analyzing mindfulness as a concept and a multidimensional phenomenon in its historic and primordial but also contemporary contexts. In the course of examining this more general question, this dissertation targets four specific objectives: 1) classifying existing definitions of mindfulness, 2) critically analyzing and interpreting the Buddhist and Western interpretations and practices of mindfulness, 3) elaborating on the social and existential dimensions of mindfulness, and 4) applying these dimensions in advancing the notion of mindful sustainable aging in the context of successful aging. Paper I examines and assesses the numerous definitions of mindfulness that have been presented over the years by a wide range of scholars from a variety of disciplines. Paper II traces the roots of modern mindfulness in Buddhism. It continues by exploring the utility and practices of mindfulness in the context of social work. The definitions provided in Paper I and the Buddhist underpinnings discussed in Paper II call attention to the fact that in addition to the more commonly considered physical and mental dimensions, mindfulness contains a social and an existential dimension as well – dimensions that remain under-researched and not well understood. To redress this imbalance, Paper III elaborates on these two latter dimensions, emphasizing their potential to enhance health, wellbeing and meaning in life. Paper III further argues that a more nuanced understanding of physical, mental, social and existential mindfulness can be obtained by examining the interconnectedness of all four fields. Paper IV continues the discussion of the social and the existential dimensions of mindfulness with specific emphasis on their utility for successful aging, and advances the notion of mindful sustainable aging. Paper IV highlights the potential of mindfulness for living a meaningful life and boosting the elderly’s capacity to find deeper meaning in their final stage of life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, 2015. p. 77
Series
Hälsohögskolans avhandlingsserie, ISSN 1654-3602 ; 60
Keywords
mindfulness; Buddhism; sati; social work; health; sustainable aging
National Category
Social Work Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27658 (URN)978-91-85835-59-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-09-04, Insikten, Högskolevägen, Skövde, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-08-04 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, H., Bülow, P. H. & Kazemi, A. (2015). Mindful sustainable aging: Advancing a comprehensive approach to the challenges and opportunities of old age. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 11(3), 494-508
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mindful sustainable aging: Advancing a comprehensive approach to the challenges and opportunities of old age
2015 (English)In: Europe's Journal of Psychology, ISSN 1841-0413, E-ISSN 1841-0413, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 494-508Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The primary aim of this article is to present a new concept called mindful sustainable aging (MSA), which is informed by mindfulness practices that support the physical, the mental, and especially, the social and the existential dimensions of old life. The concept of MSA is discussed and compared with four influential psychosocial theories in the field of gerontology, i.e., activity theory, disengagement theory, successful aging theory and gerotranscendence theory. The article ends with reviewing research on how mindfulness practice can help to manage, diminish and/or improve a number of serious physical conditions that are common among older people. The potential of mindfulness when it comes to facilitating for older adults in their quest for spiritual and existential meaning is discussed extensively throughout the article.

Keywords
mindfulness, social, existential, sustainable, ageing, activity theory, disengagement, successful aging, gerotranscendence
National Category
Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27656 (URN)10.5964/ejop.v11i3.949 (DOI)000360680400011 ()27247673 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84940197332 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-08-04 Last updated: 2018-04-11Bibliographically approved
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