Westport Day School

Psychological Mindedness

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.

Beitel, M., Blauvelt, K. S., Barry, D. T., & Cecero, J. J. (2005). The structure of psychological mindedness [Abstract]. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 53, 1301-1305.

Beitel, M. (2010). Psychological mindedness. The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

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.

Beitel, M., Ferrer, E., & Cecero, J. J. (2005). Psychological mindedness and awareness of self and others. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 739-750.

Beitel, M., Ferrer, E., & Cecero, J. J. (2004). Psychological mindedness and cognitive style. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60, 567-582.

Beitel, M., & Cecero, J. J. (2003). Predicting psychological mindedness from personality style and attachment security. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59, 163-172.