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I see lots of articles touting the benefits of meditation. But what are the bad things about it? Maybe if a person has to make quick decisions, meditation would not be a good thing? This could be similar to a paridigm of "Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow" by Kahneman.

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Not a drawback unique to mediation, but opportunity cost tends to be neglected in such discussions. e.g. spending 2 hours mediating might reduce stress, but perhaps TV reduces stress faster. –  zergylord Aug 7 '13 at 18:29

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While meditation is used to prevent depression relapse, meditating while in a depression or overly anxious is not recommended. It can make things worse. (I am assuming here that "meditation" means "mindfulness meditation".)


I remember someone saying that for some very anxious people becoming aware of one's body only make them more anxious because they fear their body will fail them. I believe this is from French psychiatrist Christophe André, although I've not been able to find exact source. I'll try again later.

Another source: http://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/when-not-to-meditate

And this is from the Mindful Way Workbook:

But if things are really bad right now, and your depression makes it just too difficult to concentrate on some of the practices, then it can be disheartening to struggle with new learning. It might be most skillful to allow yourself to wait a while if you can, or, if you do start, to be very gentle with yourself—remembering that the difficulties you experience are a direct effect of depression and will, sooner or later, ease.

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Can you provide a reference for this claim? –  jona yesterday
This is from the Mindful Way Workbook: –  Erwan Legrand 11 hours ago

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