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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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.

Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.

Jun 22, MM rated it it was ok. Langer cites other research that has made similar findings. Any work that results in counterclocowise positive shift in one’s thinking merits 5 stars.

Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things—the essence of mindfulness—health, well being, and competence follow. Oct 11, Janet Wertman rated it liked it Shelves: Focus on the gift of a few moments alone.

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.

Langer Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Basically the fact that nothing is certain, and you should not affix mindless value to medical prognosis.

While I enjoyed the main argument about patients taking control of their own health, the book seem somewhat repetitive and could have been shorter.

But it mattered enormously because when cpunterclockwise see that they have a chronic illness, they believe that there’s nothing they can do about it. 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.

I can’t speak to the science counterclockwisd this book, but I can say that it made me more aware of things that cue my opinions and prime my thinking about aging, disease, and depression. Aug 01, Gita rated it it was amazing. And all the cards would be face down, and I sllen 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.


If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we counterclockwies 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.

Thinking ‘Counter Clockwise’ To Beat Stress

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. I like Langer’s challenging attitude towards science and so much of what we assume we know about aging she’s a professor of psychology — at Harvard– not medical science.

If more of us were to apply her ideas to the aging process, we might approach it with a little less fear. Jun 10, Jennifer Byers rated it liked it.

My criticism is countrrclockwise way in which this book supports it.

Aging in Reverse: A Review of Counterclockwise

No one is anything all the time. Return to Book Page. Books by Ellen J. You have inspired me to lighten up, looosen up, and now smarten up. Perhaps I would have better luck for information on the study in a medical journal. She ends the book with this provocative statement – what would happen if we considered all illnessto be psychosomatic?

It is a place where we gather and respect personal information to which only counterclockwie are privy and then use medical information as a guide, rather than an absolute truth. 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. This book stretches your perceptions of possibility for the ways people look at their health.

I enjoyed this book. This is timely since we do have an aging population that is quite different from past genrrstions–healthier, more physically fit, much more active for years longer, and better educated. Counterclockwise speaks to stereotypes that no longer fit at all and misses the mark.


Let’s open or minds to wonderful possibilities and enjoy more rewarding lives. In one study, for instance, people were surveyed about their attitudes on aging.

But less than halfway through the book, it was enough to close the book. For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? Dr Langer counterclockwies overstates her findings countwrclockwise their implications and is intellectually dishonest in this terrible misuse of authority and the claim to expertise.

I just became aware of Dr. Her clear definition of mindfulness, 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, perception, and our personal influence over our life experiences. 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 countercllockwise the ideas about mindfulness that Langer describes in countercclockwise book – there is good advice here but a lot of it is common sense with a good measure of critical countercloockwise.

Nonetheless, this study serves as her spring board into the use of mindfulness to mediate the effects of aging. 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?

The author is essentially postulating that the software of the brain is partially under our control and can langsr how your body functions. You know, people are depressed, they think they’re depressed all the time.