Dr. Ellen Langer is one of the world’s leading research scientists, a professor of psychology at The book is named after her classic “counterclockwise study. In Counterclockwise, Ellen Langer, a renowned social psychologist at Harvard, suggests that our beliefs and expectations impact our physical. 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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She talked about this book and the fascinating study she did with the elderly, which I thought was incredibly innovative with eye opening results. Counterclockwise speaks to stereotypes that no longer fit at all and misses the mark. 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.
Feb 23, Steve Li rated it did not like it. I’m convinced my life will be richer for it. Sep 29, Qazwsx rated it it was ok. 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, successful aging, decision-making, to name a few of the topics.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body of colorful and highly original experiments-including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a week 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 the ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues.
Author seemed only too happy to keep reviewing her own published literature. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.
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In one study, for instance, people were surveyed about their attitudes on aging. For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: Langer talks with NPR’s Neal Conan about her study of mindfulness and how easy it can be to be more mindful. A sound idea that wants discussion and exploration but this is not the book. 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.
Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A thought provoking book which focuses on the mind-body connection especially in relations to our health.
There are more possibilities Perspective increases the possibilities, but also helps you evaluate the lxnger available. To ask other readers questions about Counter Clockwiseplease sign up. Dr Langer vastly overstates her findings and their implications and is intellectually dishonest in this terrible misuse of authority and elen claim to expertise.
She is not advocating this, and I appreciate the point the first few times, especially as she talked about it with reference to her counterclockwise study. 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, founterclockwise functioning, and pain perception.
Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things—the essence of mindfulness—health, well being, and competence follow.
The book gets redundant and boring. Sep 18, Thomas rated it really liked it. 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.
Longer says this kind of mindfulness works for all of us, not just elderly people. And that said to me that people are mindlessly following rules and seem to give up thinking. If you’re interested in this area, try ‘Smile or Die’ by Barbara Ehrenreich. Her premise that you can counterclocmwise back the clock’ and fight off the ravages of aging by practicing mindfulness. Anyway, good book and reasonably quick read.
Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars.
I think motive for living is most important for meaningful life. The focus of the book is on the elderly and how preconceived notions of what some one over a specific age acts and thinks.
Let’s open or minds to wonderful possibilities and enjoy more rewarding lives. She ends the clunterclockwise with this provocative statement – what would happen if we considered all illnessto be psychosomatic? Jun 22, MM rated it it was ok.
I read this for lange class on ministry to seniors. That suggestion alone had me thinking all day, ‘Yes, why don’t they? Indeed, by considering whether limbs can regenerate or paralysis be reversed, Langer tries to push science beyond what we know, to discover what might be. Twenty years later, those with a positive attitude had lived seven years longer on average than those with a negative attitude.
She argues that, as we grow older, our physical limitations are largely determined by the way we think about ourselves and what we’re capable xounterclockwise. The last two books that I received from him were gems: If you can – take a break from your reading of an escapist Fiction and give this book a read.
If you are, oh, let’s say, on a vacation, you’re looking for new things. It would be a nice, slim volume for a beginning med student or social psychology course.
This book inspired me and made me think. 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. There was counterflockwise definition.
Dec 11, Shahana Dostaliyeva rated it liked it. She does not provide much detail on this study so it’s hard to actually judge how much you should believe it. Basically the fact that nothing is certain, and you should not affix mindless value to medical prognosis.