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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Each of these is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness. Most of the info was already things I believed or had pondered in the past.

She is best known for a unique study of nursing home residents. I listened to this as an audiobook. Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body of colorful and highly original experiments-including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a week as though it was and showed dramatic improvements in their hearing, memory, dexterity, appetite, and general well-being-Langer shows that the magic of rejuvenation and ongoing good health lies in being aware of the ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues.

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?

Langer is a skilled and talented psychologist with an excellent reputation and has made significant contributions to psychology. 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. My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift. Mar 27, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


This is a companion piece to those two superb books. I’m convinced my life will be richer for it. Drawing If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? My comments are NOT against the benefits of mindfulness.

Thinking ‘Counter Countercolckwise 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. 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.

This book is really about mindfulness as much as aging, but not in a fluffy Ellne kind of way.

The focus of the book is on the elderly and how preconceived notions of what some one over a specific age acts and thinks. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.

All explore this terrain of “possibility,” variability and social construction, but with more nuance and with more attention paid to power and epistemology and things. It had an interesting perspective. What a great 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.

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Langer talks with NPR’s Neal Conan about her study of mindfulness and how easy it can be to be more mindful. This makes it all the more surprising that I found the book to seem more like an informercial for ‘natural cures’.

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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. For as much as the book was touted to be about mindfulness, I found that angle to be a stretch.

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Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative and bold new paradigm: And all the cards would be face down, and I dealt the card rather than to the person next to me, to the person next to that person, and they just filled in and gave the person next to me the next card.

While I enjoyed the main argument about patients taking control of their own health, the book seem somewhat repetitive and could have been shorter. All concepts taught in introductory sociology. And everybody went wild.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

I haven’t read widely about “mindfulness” and “flow,” though, so maybe I’m just missing something. I intend to purchase it and include it in my library. The group living there were instructed to go about their lives as if the present was 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.

I’m not sure this was a l This is not the type of book I usually read but I was intrigued by Langer’s Counter Clockwise experiment. 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. I was aware that Dr. It was my turn to deal. Her clear definition of mindfulness, loosely paraphrased here as “the simple process of actively noticing distinctions” is one of the best explanations I’ve hear An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our personal influence over our life experiences.