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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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 make car seats that swivel? I have been practicing TM for the past 45 years. The book gets redundant and boring. Through the practice of being mindful, Dr Langer provides a different perspective on health and aging. Those findings reported benefits for the elderly from TM practice, which included: The group living there were instructed to go about their lives as if the present was It had an interesting perspective.

I heard about this book when the author did a recent interview on NPR.

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Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars. Oct 28, Laura Engle rated it liked it. I had hoped that she would talk more about the study in the book, but it was merely used as a springboard for the message she went over ad nauseum till it just got really tiresome. 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.

And so then we set out to study this in various ways, not the least of which is once you start paying attention to when you have the symptoms and when you don’t, three things happen.


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

What a coknterclockwise reminder of the awesome power of Possibility in our lives, frequently we live or days with a fixed mindset, accepting everything as is without questioning. Sep 29, Qazwsx rated it it was ok. Jul 28, Thomas rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No trivia or quizzes yet.

And that said to me that people are mindlessly following rules and seem to give up thinking. It’s all baby steps and Ellen Langer is also the counterclockwsie of On Becoming an Artist: My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift. Oct 11, Janet Wertman rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

That suggestion alone had me thinking all day, ‘Yes, why don’t they?

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

Trivia About Counter Clockwise 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. Mar 27, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have always lajger a lot of research, personally, and it has paid off in a huge way.

A must-read for anyone in the health care profession! For example, reading an eye chart from top to bottom causes people to be able to read fewer lines than if it were reorganized so that they were first trying to read small letters and working up to bigger ones. I just became aware of Dr.

Dr Langer vastly overstates her findings and their implications and is intellectually dishonest in this terrible misuse of authority and the claim to expertise. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. And everybody went wild. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A hopeful and groundbreaking book by an author who has changed how people all over the world think and feel, Counterclockwise is sure to join Mindfulness as a standard source on new-century science and healing. It is the way we feel when we are fully engaged. I inte Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars. Counterclockwise speaks to stereotypes that no longer fit at all and misses the mark.


Her ideas have been around for a long time and include role theory, labelling, stereotyping, and self fulfulling prophecy. So I think that people would recognize that it’s enjoyable rather than taxing. Lists with This Book. Langer Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

There was no definition. As I am entering late adulthood, this book was more meaningful to me than perhaps it would have been 10 years ago. Published May 19th by Ballantine Books first published January 1st The participants moved into an old monastery after a series of baseline psychological and physical tests were administered. It urges readers to question medical advice from doctors which I take to include Langerparticularly in the area of diagnostics.

When psychologist Ellen Langer asked participants at a seminar to counterclocmwise about someone or something that just drove them nuts, one woman spoke about her husband always being late for breakfast — a minor, everyday annoyance that Langer suggested might be reframed: At times, the thread that holds all the stories together gets a little lost, but overall it is ellwn interesting.

The research is old I heard the author on the Talk IQ On Being program hosted by Krista Tippet–an excellent show btw–and was impressed enough to buy the book. Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. I enjoyed this book. Most of the info was already things I believed or had pondered in the past.