Chapter 5

Authentic Integrity

A Premier Character Strength

Abstract

Learned Mindfulness is the process of achieving Authentic Integrity, a tool helping prevent physician burnout. “Authentic Integrity” is psychological wholeness and personal freedom from self-deceit. Mindfulness brings hitherto hidden mental capacities to the light of mindful awareness. Integrity creates the entirety and transparency making possible a sense of being undiminished. Character strengths are positive psychological characteristics based on consciously chosen values. These preferred beliefs guide life goals, choice of personal and social affiliations, occupation, and living in these pursuits. Inner character strengths pivot on “Integral Empathy”: cognitive ...

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