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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My comments are NOT against the benefits of mindfulness.

Her logic is demonstrated whe she states that if she found one monkey that said one word, countercllckwise would take that as a sign that all monkeys could speak under the right conditions. Many of the limitations which prevent us from taking these steps are preconceived notions personally held as well as societal expectations defining what is appropriate for a given age. It has an intriguing premise: Langer is a skilled and talented psychologist with an excellent reputation and has made significant contributions to psychology.

It would be a nice, slim volume for a beginning med student or social psychology course. An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our personal influence over our life experiences.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

Counterclockwise shows how we can actively challenge these ingrained behaviors by making subtle changes in our everyday lives. Oct 15, Rubina rated it liked it Shelves: She talked about this book and the fascinating study she did with the elderly, which I thought was incredibly innovative with eye opening results. 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.


Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility, can lead to better health-at any langsr. Dec 12, Leslie rated it it was ok. Her research makes clear that actively noticing new things is literally or figuratively enlivening. A hopeful and groundbreaking book by an author who has changed how people all over the world counterclockwiae and feel, Counterclockwise is sure to join Mindfulness as a standard source on new-century science and healing.

It was my turn to cointerclockwise. If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? I will probably read another of her books if for no other reason than to remind me to be more mindful. We can continue to break new ground, detour from established patterns and seek new challenges despite our increasing years. Apr 01, Bill Pritchard rated it really liked it.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

She is best known for a unique study of nursing home residents. I can’t speak to the science in this book, but I can say that it made me more aware of things that cue my opinions and prime my thinking about aging, disease, and depression. We might not actually be able to turn the clock back – but maybe we can encourage it to run a bit slower Want to Read saving….

Langer Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So, five stars for waking up my brain. That said, I have a lot of trouble getting through this author’s books.

The elderly people moved, talked, and interacted socially – in essence, they became younger just because of the expectations and environment of the people countedclockwise for them. Aug 24, Carolyn Rose rated it it was amazing. I give Langer credit for looking at the labels we use to describe illness and concluding that most of them have bias and too many are vague.


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People who are dyslexic, it turns out that most words, over 90 percent of the words, they’re reading they tend to read correctly, yet they define themselves by their illness. Aug 01, Gita rated it it was amazing. She bases this approach on a study done where a group of elderly people were place in a environment for 1 week and supposedly had physical improvements in hearing, seeing and other categories.

Jun 10, Jennifer Byers rated lahger liked it. Heard on Talk of the Nation. These two books have been essential aids to my counterclckwise of the universe for the past two years.

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

Oct 16, sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: The best part of the book describes Langer’s health studies, especially the one in which she took a large group of elderly people from a nursing home where the staff said conuterclockwise were incapable of both physical and mental activity.

But as the book progressed, I began ellne understand the core message of the book. If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically?

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