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pen-1674849_960_720Ontological Addiction Theory has been extensively featured in the national and international media.

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Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Diouri, S., Garcia-Campayo, J., Kotera, Y., & Griffiths, M. D. (2018). Ontological Addiction Theory: Attachment to Me, Mine, and I. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Advance Online Publication, DOI: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.45


In this short video I discuss how emptiness meditation can help foster wisdom and wellbeing.

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Recent Quotes from Dr. William Van Gordon

I discuss more on the topic of this quote in this article on the Art of Being Human.

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quotation-39627_1280 Mindfulness is a useful tool for cultivating wellbeing and insight. But when practicing mindfulness don’t forget to be spontaneous and enjoy being human quotation-39627_1280


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pen-1674849_960_720Dr. William Van Gordon BSc (Dunelm) MSc PhD FHEA FRSPH CPsychol

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Dr William Van Gordon is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby. He is an international expert in the research and practice of meditation and other contemplative approaches. William sits on the editorial board for various academic journals including Mindfulness and Mindfulness and Compassion. 

In the last 5 years alone, in addition to three books William has published over 100 academic papers, including in some of the world’s leading psychology and medical journals. During the last 12 months, William’s work was featured by national or major news outlets (including television, radio and newspaper) on more than 50 separate occasions, including in countries such as the UK (e.g., BBC East Midlands Today, The Times, The Sun, Express, Metro, Grazia UK, talkRadio, Capital FM, Gem 106, Heart FM, This is Money, Yahoo News, Mail Online), Thailand (e.g., The Bangkok Post), Nigeria (e.g., Online Nigeria, Punch), Sri Lanka (e.g., The Island), Japan (e.g., Tocana), Ghana, France and Hong Kong. Prior to joining academia, William was a Buddhist monk for ten years and he has previously worked in senior management roles for Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International and Aldi Stores Ltd. In the case of this latter position, he had total operational responsibility for a £28 million portfolio of six supermarkets with over 60 employees. William regularly travels all over the world to give keynote speeches, lectures and workshops on meditation and contemplative practice.

Current Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH)

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Chartered Psychologist member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)