Some research on meditations influence on Five Factors of Personality. Some 
changes (not huge or transformational), particularly in reduced neurotic trains 
(anxiety, etc) which make sense given other studies that show that meditation 
tends to dampen activity of the Default Mode Network (which has been correlated 
with rumination, monkey mind tendencies, anxiety).


 Abstract Meditation has been associated with relatively reduced activity in 
the default mode network, a brain network implicated in self-related thinking 
and mind wandering. However, previous imaging studies have typically compared 
meditation to rest, despite other studies having reported differences in brain 
activation patterns between meditators and controls at rest. Moreover, rest is 
associated with a range of brain activation patterns across individuals that 
has only recently begun to be better characterized. Therefore, in this study we 
compared meditation to another active cognitive task, both to replicate the 
findings that meditation is associated with relatively reduced default mode 
network activity and to extend these findings by testing whether default mode 
activity was reduced during meditation, beyond the typical reductions observed 
during effortful tasks. In addition, prior studies had used small groups, 
whereas in the present study we tested these hypotheses in a larger group. The 
results indicated that meditation is associated with reduced activations in the 
default mode network, relative to an active task, for meditators as compared to 
controls. Regions of the default mode network showing a Group × Task 
interaction included the posterior cingulate/precuneus and anterior cingulate 
cortex. These findings replicate and extend prior work indicating that the 
suppression of default mode processing may represent a central neural process 
in long-term meditation, and they suggest that meditation leads to relatively 
reduced default mode processing beyond that observed during another active 
cognitive task.
 "Mindfulness is purposefully and nonjudgmentally paying attention to the 
present moment. The primary purpose of this study is to provide a more precise 
empirical estimate of the relationship between mindfulness and the Big Five 
personality traits as well as trait affect. Current research results present 
inconsistent or highly variable estimates of these relationships. Meta-analysis 
was used to synthesize findings from 32 samples in 29 studies. Results indicate 
that, although all of the traits display appreciable relationships with 
mindfulness, the strongest relationships are found with neuroticism, negative 
affect, and conscientiousness. Conscientiousness, in particular, is often 
ignored by mindfulness researchers; results here indicate it deserves stronger 
consideration. Although the results provide a clearer picture of how 
mindfulness relates to these traits, they also highlight the need to ensure an 
appropriate conceptualization and measurement of mindfulness. 


 Mindfulness, Big Five personality, and affect: A meta-analysis. Available 
 [accessed Jul 28 2018]."

 Mindfulness meditation (MM) has often been suggested to induce fundamental 
changes in the way events in life are experienced and dealt with, presumably 
leading to alterations in personality. However, the relationship between the 
practice of MM and personality has not been systematically studied. The aim of 
this study was to explore this relationship and to investigate the mediating 
role of mindfulness skills. Thirty-five experienced mindfulness meditators (age 
range, 31–75 years; meditation experience range, 0.25–35 years; mean, ∼13 
years) and 35 age-, gender-, and ethnicity-matched controls (age range, 27–63 
years) without any meditation experience completed a personality (NEO-FFI) and 
mindfulness (KIMS) questionnaire. The practice of MM was positively related to 
openness and extraversion and negatively related to neuroticism and 
conscientiousness. Thus, the results of the current study associate the 
practice of MM with higher levels of curiosity and receptivity to new 
experiences and experience of positive affect and with less proneness toward 
negative emotions and worrying and a reduced focus on achievements. 
Furthermore, the mediating role of specific mindfulness skills in the 
relationship between the practice of MM and personality traits was shown.

 The scientific interest on mindfulness meditation (MM) has significantly 
increased in the last two decades probably because of the positive health 
effects that this practice exerts in a great variety of clinical and 
non-clinical conditions. Despite attention regulation, emotional regulation, 
and body awareness have been argued to be critical mechanisms through which MM 
improves well-being, much less is known on the effects of this practice on 
personality. Here we review the current state of knowledge about the role of MM 
in promoting changes in practitioners' personality profiles and self-concepts. 
We first focus on studies that investigated the relations between mindfulness 
and personality using well-known self-report inventories such as the 
Five-Factor model of personality traits and the Temperament and Character 
Inventory. Second, based on the intrinsic limitations of these explicit 
personality measures, we review a key set of results showing effects of MM on 
implicit, as well as explicit, self-representations. Although the research on 
MM and personality is still in its infancy, it appears that this form of 
meditative practice may notably shape individuals' personality and self-concept 
toward more healthy profiles.


 Ineresting study indicating Five Factor Model of Personality Traits predicts 
those more inclined to learn and pursue meditation practices.

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 Abstract Objectives: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a promising 
intervention for older adults seeking to improve quality of life. More research 
is needed, however, to determine who is most willing to use the four techniques 
taught in the program (yoga, sitting meditation, informal meditation, and body 
scanning). This study evaluated the relationship between the Big Five 
personality dimensions (neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, 
conscientiousness, and agreeableness) and use of MBSR techniques both during 
the intervention and at a 6-month follow-up. The hypothesis was that those with 
higher levels of openness and agreeableness would be more likely to use the 
 Methods: Participants were a community sample of 100 older adults who received 
an 8-week manualized MBSR intervention. Personality was assessed at baseline by 
using the 60-item NEO Five-Factor Inventory. Use of MBSR techniques was 
assessed through weekly practice logs during the intervention and a 6-month 
follow-up survey. Regression analyses were used to examine the association 
between each personality dimension and each indicator of MBSR use both during 
and after the intervention.
 Results: As hypothesized, openness and agreeableness predicted greater use of 
MBSR both during and after the intervention, while controlling for demographic 
differences in age, educational level, and sex. Openness was related to use of 
a variety of MBSR techniques during and after the intervention, while 
agreeableness was related to use of meditation techniques during the 
intervention. Mediation analysis suggested that personality explained 
postintervention MBSR use, both directly and by fostering initial uptake of 
MBSR during treatment.
 Conclusions: Personality dimensions accounted for individual differences in 
the use of MBSR techniques during and 6 months after the intervention. Future 
studies should consider how mental health practitioners would use these 
findings to target and tailor MBSR interventions to appeal to broader segments 
of the population.



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