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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As I am entering late adulthood, this book was more meaningful to me than perhaps it would have been 10 years ago.
These two books have been essential aids to my understanding of the universe for the past two years. If you’re interested in this area, try ‘Smile or Die’ by Barbara Ehrenreich. 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.
And it’s even more than that. 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. I read the first chapter and immediately bought this book for my year-old mother.
Take a brilliant, creative social scientist, without any respect for conventional wisdom and you get Ellen Langer.
Her research makes clear that actively noticing new things is literally or figuratively enlivening.
There is more to weighing the pros and cons than numeracy. To ask other readers questions about Counter Clockwiseplease sign counterclckwise. They get mired down in philosophical tangents and I had to skip a bit of the middle of this one just to finish. I was curious to know more about the “counterclockwise” experiment Langer ran — bringing elderly men together, prompting them to act like it was still the 50s, and then finding that their physical health improved after the experiment.
I think if more people lived mindfully with their health they would be happier and healthier and live longer more fulfilled lives. This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health.
And so then we set out to study lanter 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. I intend to purchase it and include it in my library. Oct 28, Laura Engle rated it liked it. The research is old some going back into the s.
Dec 10, Jen rated it it was ok. Enjoyed it, appreciated the new insight 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. It has an intriguing premise: I subscribe to all of the ideas about mindfulness that Langer describes in this book – there is good advice here but a lot of it is common sense with a good measure of critical thinking.
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.
Longer says this kind of mindfulness works for all of us, not just elderly people. The elderly people moved, talked, and interacted socially – in essence, they became younger just because of the expectations and environment of the people caring for them.
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 they were incapable of both physical and mental activity.
The group living there were instructed to go about their lives as if the present was I mean Buddhism Is hardly fluffy, but it had been so commercialized at this point, as everything is in America, that sometimes it feels as though it’s lost some tooth.
I just became aware of Dr.
Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress
Langer attempts to describe a journey we can each choose to make, how we have come so far frump where we might better be, and how we may return home safely and mindfully. It had an interesting perspective. The insights on how perception changed the physicality of aged adults were inspiring. Thanks for telling us about the problem. You have inspired me to lighten up, looosen up, and now smarten up. Really, there are only so many ways you can reiterate this point, and of course, we can’t say anything is certain in life; we live in a probabilistic world.
The author is essentially postulating that the software of the brain is partially under our control and can effect how your body functions. August 2, 1: Author seemed only too happy to keep reviewing her own published literature.
Ellen Langer: Counterclockwise
So I think that people would recognize that it’s enjoyable rather than taxing. 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.
My criticism is the way in which this book supports it. But it was very repetitive. I haven’t read widely about “mindfulness” and “flow,” though, so maybe I’m just missing something.
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 t I subscribe to all of the ideas about mindfulness that Langer describes in this book – there is good advice here but a lot of it is common sense lange a good measure of critical thinking.
If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically?
The last two books that I received from him were gems: I think this will be helpful as I read this for a class on ministry to seniors. The book gets redundant and boring.
I will probably read another of her books if for no other reason than to remind me to be more mindful. Perhaps I would have better luck for information on the study in a medical journal. The data refers to the USA, where illness has become big business and is highly litigious, but I imagine that there might be broadly similar patterns in other countries. However, the social psych studies included were presented well. You know, people are depressed, they think they’re depressed all the time.