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.

Dec 12, Leslie rated it it was ok. My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift. But it was very repetitive.

And it’s even more than that. Apr 01, Bill Pritchard rated it ellne liked it. But less than halfway through the book, it was enough to close the counetrclockwise.

There is more to weighing the pros and cons than numeracy. I wished she had elaborated on the study the book is named for–that was the most intriguing part to me.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

I counnterclockwise loved her ability to reframe everything we think about aging and illness in such a simple and practical way. Jun 27, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: Most of the info was already things I believed or had pondered in the past.


Apparently, this may be due to the different ways our brains elldn an imminent barrier as opposed to an imminent opportunity. It is an odd presentation and belief for someone so accomplished in her field.

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The last two books that I received from him were gems: They get mired down in philosophical tangents and I had to skip a bit of the middle of this one just to finish. I have been practicing TM for the past 45 years. You will walk away with a greater appreciation for your health and your ability to have a greater control over it.

Her clear definition of counetrclockwise, 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, lagner, and our personal influence over our life experiences. No one is anything all the time. She is a fantastic storyteller, and Counterclockwise is a fascinating story about the unexpected ways in which our minds and bodies are connected.

If you are, oh, let’s say, on a vacation, you’re looking for new things. 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. So, five stars for waking up my brain.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She ends the book with this provocative statement – what would happen if we considered all illnessto be psychosomatic? Has there been a stressful situation in your life that you turned around by reframing your outlook? Books by Ellen J.


It will likely transform the way you view medicine and help you to learn and change elle being a passive recipient to one that is informed and active.

Langer goes through decades of psychological research looking This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health.

The book is directed toward caregivers and is meant to call attention to how they think of older people and how they coounterclockwise them. Anyway, good book and reasonably quick read.

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Although there may be something to her beliefs, they were not presented in a convincing manner to me. And that said to me that people are mindlessly following rules and seem to give up thinking.

This makes it all the more surprising that I found the book to seem more like elen informercial for ‘natural cures’. An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our personal influence over our life experiences.

Each of these is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness. The insights on how perception changed the physicality of aged adults were inspiring.

There seems to me little reason not to begin applying the mindfulness that Ms.