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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Preview — Counter Clockwise by Ellen J. If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back countervlockwise For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility, can lead to better health-at any age.
Drawing If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body lange colorful and highly original experiments-including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a wllen 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 elln ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues.
Examining the hidden decisions and vocabulary that shape the medical world counteclockwise versus “acute,” “cure” versus “remission”the powerful physical effects of placebos, and the intricate but often counterclocjwise ways we define our physical health, Langer challenges the idea that the limits we assume and impose on ourselves are real.
With only subtle shifts in our thinking, in our language, and in our expectations, she tells us, we can begin to change the ingrained behaviors that sap health, optimism, and vitality from our lives. Improved vision, younger appearance, weight loss, and increased longevity are just four of the results that Langer has demonstrated.
Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative and bold new paradigm: 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. Hardcoverpages. Published May 19th by Ballantine Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Counter Clockwiseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 24, Carolyn Rose rated it it was amazing. 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 counterclockiwse and prime my counferclockwise about aging, disease, and depression.
So, five stars for waking up my brain. Aug 01, Counterclockwies rated it it was amazing. An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our counferclockwise influence over our life experiences.
Her clear definition of mindfulness, loosely paraphrased here as “the simple process of langet 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.
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.
A must-read for anyone in the health care profession! 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, lxnger improve our experience of ageing.
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 cuonterclockwise, can improve our experience of ageing.
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?
Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
That suggestion alone had me thinking all day, ‘Yes, why don’t they? 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.
If you’re interested in this area, try ‘Smile or Die’ by Barbara Ehrenreich. She has been criticised by some for over-reliance counterlcockwise 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.
We might not actually be able to turn the clock back – but maybe we can encourage it to run a bit slower Feb 23, Steve Li rated it did not like it.
Langer is a skilled and talented psychologist with an excellent reputation and has made significant contributions to psychology. This makes it all the more surprising that I found the book to seem more like an informercial for ‘natural cures’. Her premise that you can ‘turn back the clock’ and fight off the ravages of aging by practicing counterclcokwise. She bases this approach on a study done where a group of elderly people were place in a environment for 1 week and supposedly had physical Dr.
Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer
She bases this approach on a study done where a group of elderly people were place in a environment coujterclockwise 1 week and supposedly had physical improvements in hearing, seeing and other categories. She does not provide much detail on this study so it’s hard to actually judge how much you should believe it.
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?
Nonetheless, this study serves as her spring board into the use of mindfulness to mediate the effects of aging. 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. It is an odd presentation and belief for someone so accomplished in her field. Her achievement in the 80’s and 90’s were very meaningful but that those accomplishments don’t make this approach more believable.
Although there may be something to her beliefs, they were not presented in a convincing manner to me.
Please leave room in my criticism for the fact that I am a ‘traditional’ scientist who likes to see studies clearly, and unambiguosly answer a hypothesis. My comments are NOT against the benefits of mindfulness. My criticism is the way in which this book supports it. Dec 12, Leslie rated it it was ok. This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. 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.
Apparently, this may be due to the different ways our brains interpret an imminent barrier as opposed to an imminent opportunity. Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking at how choice, expectation, and other factors affect human and animal behavior in realms as diverse as memory changes, physical functioning, and pain perception.
At times, the thread that holds all the stories together gets a little lost, but overall it is quite interesting. Oct 15, Rubina rated it liked it Shelves: A thought provoking book which focuses on the mind-body connection especially in relations to our health. Through the practice of being mindful, Dr Langer provides a different perspective on health and aging.
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.
Oct 17, Betty rated it it was amazing. I read the first chapter and immediately bought this book for my year-old mother. The insights on how perception changed the physicality of aged adults were inspiring. Too often the clock of aging is turned forward, thinking and being treated as older than we are.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is interested in challenging how mindfulness can increase health and happiness. Oct 28, Laura Engle rated it liked it. This book inspired me and made me think. I especially loved her ability to reframe everything we think about aging and illness in such a simple and practical way.
It’s all baby steps and Jun 10, Jennifer Byers rated it liked it. I don’t think that Langer’s writing style is the most gripping but I appreciate the information that this book has to offer and I think it can begin a conversation that we can have with ourselves around age and how we choose to engage with it.
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Jun 24, Alexis rated it liked it. Author elen only too happy to keep reviewing her own published literature. While I enjoyed the main argument about patients taking control of their own health, the book seem somewhat repetitive and could ,anger been shorter.
Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars. We can personally redefine process of aging in a far more positive light. We can continue to break new ground, detour from established patterns and seek new challenges despite our increasing years. 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 countercpockwise given age.
I took this book out of the library. I inte Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars. I intend to purchase it and include it in my library. I look forward counterclockwisf rereading multiple times in the coming days to reinforce her ideas. I’m convinced my life will be richer for it.
Dec 11, Shahana Dostaliyeva counterclockwize it liked it. Sep 29, Qazwsx rated it it was ok. The author is essentially postulating that the software of the brain is partially under our control and can effect how your body functions. The Power of Possibility I have just finished reading this book.
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. That is a limiting view of what is possible. Let’s open or minds to wonderful possibilities and enjoy more rewarding lives.
There are more counterclovkwise Perspective increases the possibilities, but also helps you evaluate the choices available. There is more to weighing the pros and cons than numeracy. Oct 11, Janet Wertman rated it liked it Shelves: