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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Basically the fact that nothing is certain, and you should not affix mindless value to medical prognosis. In this book, Langer urges us to view aging as more of a process, not as degeneration, and to be aware of our language as it applies to various aspects of our life and health in the belief that we can create our own placebo effect just by langeer our attitudes.
The book is directed toward caregivers and is meant to call attention to how they think of older people and how they treat them. But less than halfway through the book, it was enough to close the book. Scientifically riveting and practically empowering, Counterclockwise holds enormously exciting implications for our general health—including vision, old age, cancer, weight, and heart health—as well as for our fundamental happiness.
I was aware that Dr. 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 book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. Oct 17, Betty rated it it was amazing.
I just became aware of Dr. It will likely transform the way you view medicine and help you to learn and change from being a passive recipient to one that is informed and active.
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Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer
Langer Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Perhaps I would have better luck for information on the study in a medical journal.
Although there may be something to her beliefs, they were not presented in a convincing manner to me. There is more to weighing the pros and cons than numeracy.
Jun 22, MM rated it it was ok. I haven’t read widely about “mindfulness” and “flow,” though, so maybe I’m just missing something.
Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
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. 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.
Langer talks with NPR’s Neal Conan about her study of mindfulness and how easy it can be to be more mindful. 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.
Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. 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.
As I am entering late adulthood, this book was more meaningful to me than perhaps it would have been 10 years ago. I enjoyed this book. Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers. I had been considering this professor for a potential graduate-school advisor and after reading this book, it was clear her “science” is of a very poor quality.
They get mired down in philosophical tangents and I had to skip a bit of the middle of this one just to finish. Improved vision, younger appearance, weight loss, and increased longevity are just four of the results that Langer has demonstrated. Too often the clock of aging is turned forward, thinking and being treated as older than we are. Her logic is demonstrated whe she states that if she found one monkey that said one word, she would take that as a sign that all monkeys could speak under the right conditions.
She is best known for a unique study of nursing home residents. It had an interesting perspective.
Post testing revealed greater improvement for the target group, not only on physiological measures height, weight, gait, and posturebut demonstrated improvement on IQ tests, and even differences in pre and post-test facial photographs. The focus of the book is on the elderly elldn how preconceived notions of what some one over a specific age acts and thinks. We can personally redefine process of aging in a far more positive light.
A thought provoking book coujterclockwise focuses on the mind-body connection especially in relations to our health. Want to Read saving…. Read an excerpt of Counter Clockwise.