Self-control, working memory, and mental flexibility can all be improved with mindfulness meditation. However, awareness may also “enhance” selfishness. In a recent study, associate psychology professor Michael Poulin of the State University of Buffalo explores the “me” in meditation.

According to his findings, some people stick to their personal beliefs; for example, they could highlight their intelligence or sense of humor when describing themselves. People with dependent viewpoints, on the other hand, rely more on their relationships. They emphasize social roles or family relations, such as the “daughter” or “father” of someone. Poulin further discovered in his meditation test that people’s attitudes strongly influenced the experiment’s outcome. Independent people are more self-centered, but those with dependent points of view were willing to volunteer in charitable actions. “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality,” a book by Ronald Pursers published in 2019, examined how ancient medication practices have drifted from the core Buddhist teachings. Mindfulness has turned into a method to practice selfishness rather than awareness.

When we change our mental function, we may have unintentional effects that affect our behavior, especially now that technology is quickly expanding. Any product or service that promises a “quick fix” should be thoroughly checked first. It’s time to be mindful of how we show mindfulness.