Dr. Beitel is one of the world’s leading researchers on the construct of psychological mindedness. Psychological mindedness refers to the capacity to think psychologically (Beitel, 2005, 2010). Thinking psychologically is associated with positive mental health (mindfulness and empathy) and buffers against psychological problems (anxiety and depression). The development of psychological mindedness is a core feature of the Westport Day School.
Dr. Beitel has published the following articles, on this topic, in peer-reviewed journals:
Beitel, M., Wald, L., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., Kishon, R., & Barry, D. T. (2015). Humanistic experience and psychodynamic understanding: Empirical associations among facets of self-actualization and psychological mindedness. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14, 137-148.
Beitel, M., Bogus, S., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., & Barry, D. T. (2014). Stillness and motion: An empirical investigation of mindfulness and self-actualization. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 13, 187-202.
Beitel, M., Hutz, A. E., Hopper, K. M., Gunn, C., Cecero, J. J., & Barry, D. T. (2009). Do psychologically-minded clients expect more from counseling? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 82, 369-383.