Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility [Ellen J. Langer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. If we could turn back the. As Harvard social psychologist Ellen Langer discovered in her now famous “ Counterclockwise” study, the key is the human mind. In the ‘s, Langer and her. For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents.

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You’ve paid a lot of money to be in that state oftentimes.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress Psychologist Ellen Langer has spent 30 years researching mindfulness, which she describes as the process of letting go of preconceived notions and acting on new observations.

But I can’t help but wonder why the social psychologists don’t seem to be in conversation with the critical theorists, cultural studies folks, or feminists.

Aug 24, Carolyn Rose rated it it was amazing. An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our personal influence countercloxkwise our life experiences.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

Oct 15, Rubina rated it liked it Shelves: Her achievement in the 80’s and 90’s were very meaningful but that those accomplishments don’t make this approach more believable. And you may well come up with a solution. Please leave room in my criticism for the fact that I am a ‘traditional’ scientist who likes to see studies clearly, and unambiguosly answer a hypothesis.

The book gets redundant and boring. Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative countercllockwise bold new paradigm: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book inspired me and made me think. Langer describes ways to reorient our attitudes counterclockwwise language in order to achieve better health; she shows us the ways in which our belief in physical limits constrains us; and she demonstrates how our desire for certainty in medical diagnosis and treatment often prevents us from fully exploiting the power of uncertainty.


She is not advocating this, and I appreciate the point the first few times, especially as she talked about it with reference to her counterclockwise study.

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Ellen Langer is also the author of On Becoming an Artist: It is the way we feel when we are fully engaged. Her ideas have been around for a long time and include role theory, labelling, stereotyping, and self fulfulling prophecy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We can personally redefine process of aging in a counterclockwixe more positive light. Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

For example, many older people have arthritic conditions, and struggle getting out of car seats, sideways my hand is up, here ; so why don’t car manufacturers mak The subtitle of the paperback version of this book, ‘A proven way to think yourself younger and healthier’ makes it sound a bit happy-clappy, airy-fairy, ‘manifest-me-a-new-body sort of thing; but actually, it’s full of interesting suggestions for the ways in we, as individuals, and as a society, can improve our experience of ageing.

Langger participants moved into an old monastery after a series of baseline psychological and physical tests counterclockwisw administered. I really like the concepts in this book, particularly keeping an open mind about your own health once you have a diagnosis, and not letting yourself or anyone else put you in a box and slap a label on it!

It was a pretty good read, given this isn’t really my langsr.

Through the practice of being mindful, Dr Langer provides a different perspective on health and aging. That said, I have a lot of trouble getting through this author’s books.


Oct 17, Betty rated it it was amazing. I mean Buddhism Is hardly fluffy, countegclockwise it had been so commercialized at this point, as everything is in America, that sometimes it feels as though it’s lost some tooth. Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health.

Now, when you’re being mindful, as I study it, you’re simply noticing new things. Would we learn anything new about ourselves and our diseases? I was aware that Dr. Quotes from Counter Clockwise I just became aware of Dr.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer

Would we be more likely to notice the times we are disease- or symptom free? A small thing maybe, but over more than 30 years, Langer has conducted a series of ingenious experiments that show how small and seemingly simple changes in our lives can reduce stress and help us lead healthier, happier lives. Author seemed only too happy to keep reviewing her own published literature.

Longer created a facility that suggested and provided for physical and mental activity and nearly everyone in the study responded positively ciunterclockwise it. Her clear definition of mindfulness, loosely paraphrased here as “the simple process of actively noticing distinctions” is one of the best explanations I’ve heard to date.

Thanks, Brad, for helping me to fill my toolbox.

Books by Ellen J. So that was interesting, yes, and Langer cites all kinds of interesting psychological studies.

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