Can Meditation Help You Deal With Unfairness?

In a society based primarily on capitalism, there are always going to be the haves and the have-nots. There is no way around it. As a result, most people tend to make irrational decisions based primarily on emotion. That said, what is one to do in order to get some perspective? At least enough to make a more rational choice.

Rick Nauert takes a look at how meditation can help people to make more grounded decisions in this latest Psych Central post. According to Nauert, who bases his article on a study done at Virginia Tech University, those who practice Buddhist meditation tend to use a different part of their brain when confronted with choices surrounding whether or not something is fair.

The researchers hypothesized that “successful regulation of negative emotional reactions would lead to increased acceptance rates of unfair offers” by the meditators. The behavioral results confirmed the hypothesis.

But the neuroimaging results showed that Buddhist meditators engaged different parts of the brain than expected. Researchers found Buddhist meditators were able to shunt brain activity from an area of the brain linked to the emotion of disgust, rejection, betrayal and mistrust to a brain area that monitors their inner body feelings.

Apparently the Buddhist meditators were able to avoid emotions associated with unfairness and focus on acceptance and thankfulness for whatever reward they did receive.

Read more from Nauert on how meditation can help you to make more rational decisions here.

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