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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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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. It is an odd presentation and belief for someone so accomplished in her field. Through the practice of being mindful, Dr Langer provides a different perspective on health and aging.

Preview — Counter Clockwise by Ellen J. Her ideas revolutionized the field of social psychology, and her work is now used from battlefields to schools to hospitals. 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.

Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative and bold new paradigm: I look forward ellej rereading multiple couhterclockwise in the coming days to reinforce her ideas. However, the social psych studies included were presented well. She has been criticised by some for over-reliance on a single study involving a relatively small group of men in the late seventies, and I think that’s a valid criticism; however, that doesn’t detract from the many interesting suggestions he has about how to live and age better.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is interested in challenging how mindfulness can increase health and happiness. Open Preview See a Problem?

Books by Ellen J. But I can’t help but wonder why the social psychologists don’t seem to be in conversation with the critical theorists, cultural studies folks, or feminists. If you’re interested in this area, try ‘Smile or Die’ by Barbara Ehrenreich.


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To ask other readers questions about Counter Clockwiseplease sign up. There are countercloc,wise possibilities Perspective increases the possibilities, but also helps you evaluate the choices available.

Improved vision, younger appearance, weight loss, and increased longevity are just four counterclociwise the results that Langer has demonstrated.

The insights on how perception changed the physicality of aged adults were inspiring. Oct 17, Betty rated it it was amazing. Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things—the essence of mindfulness—health, well being, and competence follow. Aug 01, Gita rated it it was amazing.

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.

It was my turn to deal. Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hardcoverpages. That suggestion alone had me thinking all day, ‘Yes, why don’t they?

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

There are increasing levels of bullshit that are affecting our quality of life, and this book is one tool that could assist you with making better sense out of a puzzling overload of information. Has there been a stressful situation in your life that you turned around by reframing your outlook?

You will walk away with a greater appreciation for your health and your ability to have counterclockwixe greater control over it. 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.

While I enjoyed the main argument about patients taking control of their own health, the book seem somewhat repetitive and could have been shorter. You’ve paid a lot of money to be in that state oftentimes. There was no definition. I heard about this book when the author did a recent interview on NPR.


Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars. Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. But it mattered enormously because when people see that they have a chronic illness, they believe that there’s nothing they can do about it.

The participants moved into an old monastery after a series of baseline psychological and physical tests were administered. There is no doubt that this wave of older Americans are going to raise the bar on what older means. Apparently, this may be due to the different ways our brains interpret an imminent barrier as opposed to an imminent opportunity.

Mar 27, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

That is a limiting view of what is possible. Oct 16, sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: It will likely transform labger way you view medicine and help you to learn and change from being a passive recipient to one that is informed and active.

A thought provoking book which focuses on the mind-body connection especially in relations to our health.

Ellen Langer: Counterclockwise

A group of resear My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. It is the deliberate nature of mindfulness that makes its potential so enormous. Sep 18, Thomas rated it really liked it. Oct 11, Janet Wertman rated it liked it Shelves: Poorly written and surprisingly anti-scientific for a Harvard professor.

Lanfer is a fantastic storyteller, and Counterclockwise is a fascinating story about the unexpected ways in which our minds and bodies are connected. Dec 10, Jen rated it it was ok.