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Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, FFMQ

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a person's ability to clear his mind, be fully aware of what he is doing, listen to his inner feelings, and abstract from what is happening around.

It is this property that allows us to decide which stimuli require our attention and which do not.

Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire

In 2006, Ruth A. Baer and colleagues developed a questionnaire to measure the tendency to be mindful in daily life. The result is expressed in five facets:

  • Observing - the ability to perceive one's own sensations, thoughts and feelings caused by the outside world and stay "present" even when they are unpleasant.
  • Describing - the ability to describe and put into words your experiences, feelings and sensations.
  • Act with Awareness - the ability to focus on one thing, be as attentive as possible, and not be distracted by extraneous stimuli.
  • Nonjudging - the ability not to condemn oneself for committed actions, spoken words, inner experiences, and thoughts.
  • Nonreactivity - the ability not to respond to inner feelings and emotions. The emotional stability of a person directly depends on this facet.

Research confirms that the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire is a valid tool to predict psychological symptoms like anxiety, neuroticism or alexithymia and can be helpful in clinical practice.

References

• Baer, R. A., Smith, G. T., Hopkins, J., Krietemeyer, J., Toney, L. Using self-report assessment methods to explore facets of mindfulness.

Instuctions

You are offered a series of statements. Rate each statement with the option that best describes your own opinion of what is generally true for you.

Disclaimer

Note this test is provided strictly for informational, educational and entertainment purposes and should not be used for making any decision. It is not intended to be a psychological advice of any kind.

1. When I’m walking, I deliberately notice the sensations of my body moving.
2. I’m good at finding words to describe my feelings.
3. I criticize myself for having irrational or inappropriate emotions.
4. I perceive my feelings and emotions without having to react to them.
5. When I do things, my mind wanders off and I’m easily distracted.
6. When I take a shower or bath, I stay alert to the sensations of water on my body.
7. I can easily put my beliefs, opinions, and expectations into words.
8. I don’t pay attention to what I’m doing because I’m daydreaming, worrying, or otherwise distracted.
9. I watch my feelings without getting lost in them.
10. I tell myself I shouldn’t be feeling the way I’m feeling.
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