Naomi Cullen
Applied Psychology / Year 4

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Naomi Cullen

Naomi Cullen

Applied Psychology

Year 4

  • Project Title The effects of Mindfulness on Self-Esteem and which gender benefits more.
  • Course BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology
  • Year 4
  • Contact Info NaomiCullen@live.ie

The effects of Mindfulness on Self-Esteem and which gender benefits more.

To observe if mindfulness can increase self-esteem levels & if one gender benefits from it more.

Project Description

Mindfulness has become increasingly popular as a method of relaxation and meditation. Mindfulness has been known to have relaxing properties and have a calming effect by focusing mainly on breathing. However, this study looked at how it could affect self-esteem as it promotes positive affirmations about ones' self and rejects any sort of negative thinking or judgements. As the person is only focusing on positives instead of negatives, this could be extremely beneficial in boosting self-esteem levels. The study used a test group, where participants were shown mindfulness techniques to carry out over a two week period. The control group received no mindfulness training. Both groups were tested on their mindfulness and self-esteem levels before and after the study. The results showed that those within the test group that practiced mindfulness techniques for 2 weeks showed an increase in their mindfulness and self-esteem levels. Males also tended to show the highest increase in self-esteem levels as they had the lowest levels to begin with, so benefited slightly more than females from practicing mindfulness.

Project Findings

Results showed that mindfulness did help boost Participants self-esteem levels. There was also a difference in the scores between the two genders. Males tended to have lower self-esteem than females. Both genders have boosted self-esteem levels, however, males self-esteem levels increased slightly more than females. This could possibly be due to a stigma surrounding males and mental health. However, this result leads the researcher to believe that males could definitely benefit from practicing mindfulness on a daily basis which could help to alleviate and eventually get rid of this stigma completely.

Naomi Cullen
Applied Psychology / Year 4