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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If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? The focus of the book is on the elderly and how preconceived notions of what some one over a specific age acts and thinks.

I think this will be helpful as my parents langsr in how I treat them, and will make me rethink certain habits and mindsets as I age. Want to Read saving…. I intend to purchase it and include it in my library.

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Ask anyone over 50 and they can tell counterclocmwise how they are labeled. I wished she had elaborated on the study the book is named for–that was the most intriguing part to me.

It urges readers to question medical advice from doctors which I take to include Langerparticularly in the area of diagnostics. She is a fantastic storyteller, and Counterclockwise is a fascinating story about the unexpected ways in which our minds and bodies are connected.

To ask other readers questions about Counter Clockwiseplease sign up. An absolutely amazing book that provides new perspectives on aging, mindset, perception, and our personal influence over our life experiences.

Basically the fact that nothing is certain, and you should not affix mindless value to medical prognosis. We can personally redefine process of aging in a far more positive light. Apparently, this may be due countreclockwise the different ways our brains interpret an imminent barrier as opposed to an imminent opportunity.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life July 14, Return to Book Page. Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers. It is the deliberate nature of mindfulness that makes its potential so enormous. If you support the Greater Good by December 31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Lelen Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, countegclockwise the Staats award for Unifying Psychology, and has authored eleven books and over research articles on the illusion counterlockwise control, perceived control, successful aging, decision-making, to name a few of the topics.


In CounterclockwiseEllen Langera renowned social psychologist at Harvard, suggests that our beliefs and expectations impact our physical health at least as much as diets and doctors do. I heard about this book when the author did a recent interview on NPR. I have been practicing TM for the past 45 years.

Her research makes clear that actively noticing new things is literally or figuratively enlivening. To see what your friends thought of this book, lnager sign up.

For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.

Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. There seems to me little reason not to begin applying the mindfulness that Laner.

It had an interesting perspective. I heard the author on the Talk IQ On Being program hosted by Krista Tippet–an excellent show btw–and was impressed enough to buy the book.

Counterclockwisd more of us were to apply her ideas to the aging process, we might approach it with a little less fear. 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. Longer created a facility that suggested and provided for physical and mental activity and nearly everyone in the study responded positively to it.

It’s, I think, mostly energy begetting, not consuming. She argues that, fllen we grow older, our physical limitations are largely determined by the way we think about ourselves and what we’re capable of.

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

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. Her achievement in the 80’s and 90’s were very meaningful but that those accomplishments don’t make this approach more believable. However, the social psych studies included were presented well. A group of resear My friend Brad gave me this book as a gift. Aug 24, Carolyn Rose rated it it was amazing. For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: All explore 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.

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Jun 10, Jennifer Byers rated it liked it. 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. That said, I have a lot of trouble getting through this author’s b I really like the concepts in this book, particularly keeping an open mind about your own health once you have a diagnosis, and not letting yourself or anyone else put you in a box and slap a label on it!

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Too often the clock of aging is turned forward, thinking and being treated as older than we are. Subscribe to her newsletter and learn more about her work at http: 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.

There is little to no space directed toward how to actually move counterclockwise to your stereotypes. This is a companion piece to those two superb books. Has there been a stressful situation in your life that you turned around by reframing your outlook?

This book inspired me and made me think.