May 25, 2020

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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Langer cites other research that counterclickwise made similar findings. Any work that results in a positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars. Longer created a facility that suggested and provided for physical and mental activity and nearly everyone in the study responded positively to it. These two books have been essential aids to my understanding of the universe for the past two years. My comments are NOT against the benefits of mindfulness.

And it’s even more than that. But it was very repetitive.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress : NPR

Oct 16, sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: Really, there are only so many ways you can reiterate this point, and of course, we can’t say anything is certain in life; we live in a probabilistic world. And all the cards would be face down, and I dealt the card rather than to the person next to me, to the person next to that person, and they just filled in and gave the person next to me the next card.

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 counterclocwise suggestions for the ways in we, as individuals, and as a society, can improve our counterclocjwise of ageing.

I think if more people lived mindfully with their health they would be happier and healthier and live longer more fulfilled lives.

It’s, I think, mostly energy begetting, not consuming. Trivia About Counter Cunterclockwise I like Langer’s challenging attitude towards science and so much xounterclockwise what we assume we know about aging she’s a professor of psychology — at Harvard– not medical science. The focus of the book is on the elderly and how preconceived notions of what some one over a specific age acts and thinks.


Her ideas revolutionized the field of social psychology, and her work is now used from battlefields to schools to hospitals. Dec 10, Jen rated it it was ok.

This is a companion piece to those two superb books. Dec 11, Shahana Dostaliyeva rated it liked it. So I think that people would recognize that it’s enjoyable rather than taxing. Sep 18, Thomas rated it really liked it. Click here to watch the video about our newest idea, and to donate.

Still, since I finished reading CounterclockwiseI’ve found myself constantly sharing her ideas about the “psychology of possibility” with colleagues and friends.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

People who are dyslexic, it turns out that most words, over 90 percent of the words, they’re reading they ellfn to read correctly, yet they define themselves by their illness. A hopeful and groundbreaking book by an author who has changed elleb people all over the world think and feel, Counterclockwise is sure to join Mindfulness as a standard source on new-century science and healing. 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 t I subscribe to all of the ideas about mindfulness that Langer describes in this book – there is good advice here but a lot of it is common sense with a good measure of critical thinking.

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? The elderly people moved, talked, and interacted socially – in essence, they became younger just because of the expectations and environment of the people caring for them.

Ellen Langer: Counterclockwise

Through the practice of being mindful, Dr Langer provides a different perspective on health and aging. Ask anyone over 50 and they can tell you how they are labeled. Oct 28, Laura Engle rated it liked it.

Books by Ellen J. 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. I wished she had elaborated on the study the book is named for–that was the most intriguing part to me. Her achievement in the 80’s and 90’s were very meaningful but that those accomplishments don’t make this approach more believable.


I’m sure she is right. It was a pretty good read, given this isn’t really my genre. For as much as the book was touted to be about mindfulness, I found that angle to be a stretch.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

I think this will be helpful as I read this for a class on ministry to seniors. The group living there were instructed to go about their lives as if the present was There are more possibilities Perspective increases the possibilities, but also helps you evaluate the choices available. If more of us were to apply her ideas to the aging process, we might approach it with a little less fear.

She bases this approach on a study done where a group of elderly people were place in a environment for 1 week and kanger had physical improvements in hearing, seeing and other categories.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. All explore this terrain of “possibility,” variability and social construction, but with more nuance and with more attention paid to power and epistemology and things.

Published May 19th by Ballantine Books first published January 1st Poorly written and surprisingly anti-scientific for a Harvard professor. For more than thirty years, award-winning social countercloc,wise Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: There is no doubt that this wave of older Americans are going to raise the bar on what older means. Drawing If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically?