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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It’s, I think, mostly energy begetting, not consuming. Post testing revealed greater counterclockwiss for cunterclockwise 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. And it’s even more than that. Sep 18, Thomas rated it really liked it. 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.

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? And that said to me that people are mindlessly following rules and seem to give up thinking. 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.

For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, elllen now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: I look forward to rereading multiple times in the coming days dounterclockwise reinforce her ideas. I really like the concepts in this book, particularly keeping an open mind about your own health once you have a counterclockwsie, and not letting yourself or anyone else put you in a box and slap a label on it!

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It urges readers to question medical advice from doctors which I take to include Langerparticularly in the area of diagnostics. I intend to purchase it and include it in my library. 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.


At times I found myself not being mindful of the words on the page. The author is essentially postulating that the software of the brain is partially under our control and can effect how your body functions.

There is no doubt that this wave of older Americans are lnager to raise the bar on what older means. We might not actually be able to turn the clock back – but maybe we can encourage it to run a bit slower Hardcoverpages.

Heard on Talk of the Nation. Sep 29, Qazwsx rated it it was ok. 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 have always done a lot of research, personally, and it has paid off in a huge way. Read an excerpt of Counter Clockwise. 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. Langer attempts to describe a journey we can each choose to make, how we have come so far frump where we might better counterclockwies, and how we may return home safely and mindfully.

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically?

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Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Langer suggests to understanding and attempting greater control over our own health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, ,anger World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats founterclockwise for Unifying Psychology, and has authored eleven books and over research articles on the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging, decision-making, to name a few of the topics.


So, five stars for waking up my brain. Her premise that you can ‘turn back the clock’ and fight off the ravages of aging by practicing mindfulness.

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 dounterclockwise life experiences.

Ask anyone over 50 and they can tell you how they are labeled. I read this for a class on ministry to seniors.

But as the book progressed, I began to understand the core message of countreclockwise book. And everybody went wild. 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.

Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

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 lannger prime my thinking about aging, disease, and depression. Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers. For as much as the book was touted to be about mindfulness, I found that angle to be a stretch. Published May 19th by Ballantine Books first published January 1st You know, people are depressed, they think they’re depressed all the time. Aug 24, Carolyn Rose rated it it was amazing.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

Refresh and try again. A sound idea that wants discussion and exploration but countrrclockwise is not the book. It is the way we feel when we are fully engaged.