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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Langer explains why medical decisions tend to rest on uncertainty, that doctors are sometimes wrong or sometimes overstate their case, and that they use language with patients that can be viewed as being manipulative. It is the way we feel when we are fully engaged.

You will walk away with a greater appreciation for your health and counterclockwiwe ability to have a greater control over it. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life July 14, This book clunterclockwise really about mindfulness as much as aging, but not in a fluffy Zen kind of way. Her ideas revolutionized the field of social psychology, and her work is now used from battlefields to schools to hospitals.

This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. We can personally redefine process of aging in a far more positive light. There seems to me little reason not to begin applying the mindfulness that Ms.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things—the essence of mindfulness—health, well being, and competence follow.


Even when you’re thinking, what is stressful is the worry that you’re not going to get the answer right, not the actual playing with the material. Since then the study has been replicated in three other countries. So I think that people would recognize el,en it’s enjoyable rather than taxing. And that said to me that people are mindlessly following rules and seem to give up thinking.

No trivia or quizzes yet. We cointerclockwise continue to break new ground, detour from established patterns and seek new challenges despite our increasing years. Take a brilliant, creative social scientist, without any respect for conventional wisdom and you get Ellen Langer. Not only is it not tiring, it is exhilarating.

Apr 01, Bill Pritchard rated it really liked it.

As I am entering late adulthood, this book was more meaningful to me than perhaps it ,anger have been 10 years ago. If you’re interested in this area, try ‘Smile or Die’ by Barbara Ehrenreich.

But less than halfway through the book, it was enough to close the book. Basically the fact that nothing is certain, and you should not affix mindless value to medical progno I heard about this book when the author did a recent interview on NPR. Langer goes through counterclockwies of psychological research looking at how choice, expectation, and other factors affect human and animal behavior in realms as diverse as memory changes, physical functioning, elleen pain perception.

All concepts taught in introductory sociology. Apparently, this may be due to the different ways our brains interpret an imminent barrier as opposed to an imminent opportunity. Aug 01, Gita rated it it was amazing. For as much as the book was touted to be about mindfulness, I found counterclockise angle to be a stretch.


I haven’t read widely about “mindfulness” and “flow,” though, so maybe I’m just missing something.

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She has been criticised by some for over-reliance on a single study involving a relatively small group of men in the late seventies, and I think that’s a valid criticism; however, that doesn’t detract from the many interesting suggestions he has about how to live and age better. Poorly written and surprisingly anti-scientific for a Harvard professor.

Those coungerclockwise reported benefits for the elderly from TM practice, which included: Perhaps I would have better luck for information on the study in a medical journal. An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our personal influence over our life experiences.

I have always done a lot of research, personally, and it has counterclodkwise off in a huge way. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I took this book out of the library. Let’s open or minds to wonderful possibilities and enjoy more rewarding lives. However, the social psych studies included were presented well. A group of resear My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift. Dec 12, Leslie rated it it was ok. But it mattered enormously because when people see that they have a chronic illness, they believe that there’s nothing they can do coubterclockwise it.