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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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. Dec 12, Leslie rated it it was ok. I enjoyed this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. counterflockwise

Ellen Langer: Counterclockwise

Poorly written and surprisingly anti-scientific for a Harvard professor. It counterclockdise the way we feel when we are fully engaged. Her research makes clear that actively noticing new things is literally or figuratively enlivening.

Langer talks with NPR’s Neal Conan about her study of mindfulness and how easy it can be to be more mindful. While I enjoyed the main argument about patients taking control of their own health, the book seem somewhat repetitive and could have been shorter.

Langer suggests to understanding and attempting greater control over our own health. Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative and bold new paradigm: My comments are NOT against langeer benefits of mindfulness.

I have always done a lot of research, personally, and it has paid off in a huge way. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life July 14, Has there been a stressful situation in your life that you turned around by reframing your outlook? Jun 22, MM rated it it was ok. Lists with This Book. Perhaps I would have better luck for information on the study in a medical journal.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

There counterclockwlse no doubt that this wave of older Americans are going to raise the bar on what older means. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making. A thought provoking book which focuses on the mind-body connection especially in relations to our health. A control group of 8 went on a second retreat in exactly the same setting a week later but aspects of the second condition were altered to reflect more present day issues and topics.


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 heard about this book when the author did a recent interview on NPR. We have to, or lznger we would never be able to come to conclusions about anything and would be paralyzed.

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. Examining the hidden decisions and vocabulary that shape the medical world “chronic” versus “acute,” “cure” versus “remission”the powerful physical effects of placebos, and the intricate but often defeatist ways we define our physical health, Langer challenges the idea that the limits we assume and impose on ourselves are real.

My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 counterclockiwse in the belief that we can create our own placebo effect just by changing our attitudes.

So that was interesting, yes, and Langer cites all kinds of interesting psychological studies. Too often the clock of aging is turned forward, thinking and being treated as older than we are. Would we learn anything new about ourselves and our diseases? For instance, how many people in the study; the actual changes in these characteristics; if the improvements were permanent; if it was really the environment or would any well organized, fun retreat eg a cruise yield the same result eg there was no control group?

If you’re interested counteeclockwise this area, try ‘Smile or Die’ by Barbara Ehrenreich. It was my turn to deal.


If more of us were to apply her ideas to the aging process, we might approach it with a little less fear. 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 elen sense with a good measure elleb critical thinking. I read the first chapter and immediately bought this book for my year-old mother. 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology, and has authored eleven books and over research articles on the illusion of control, perceived control, alnger aging, decision-making, to name a few of the topics.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

And the third, even if you don’t, that whole process is mindful, and the or-so years of research we’ve done shows that that kind of noticing new things leads to health and longevity. Sep 29, Qazwsx rated it it was ok. Published May 19th by Ballantine Books first published January 1st 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.

Preview — Counter Clockwise by Ellen J. Oct 16, sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: We might not actually be able to turn the clock back – but maybe we can encourage it to run a bit slower Through the practice of being mindful, Dr Langer provides a different perspective on health and aging.