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Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of by Ellen J. Langer

By Ellen J. Langer

If shall we flip again the clock psychologically, may we additionally flip it again bodily? For greater than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative query, and now, in Counterclockwise, she offers the reply: establishing our minds to what’s attainable, rather than presuming impossibility, may end up in larger health–at any age.

Drawing on landmark paintings within the box and her personal physique of colourful and hugely unique experiments–including the 1st designated dialogue of her “counterclockwise” examine, within which aged males lived for every week as if it used to be 1959 and confirmed dramatic advancements of their listening to, reminiscence, dexterity, urge for food, and basic well-being–Langer exhibits that the magic of rejuvenation and ongoing solid wellbeing and fitness lies in being conscious of the methods we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues. studying the hidden judgements and vocabulary that form the clinical international (“chronic” as opposed to “acute,” “cure” as opposed to “remission”), the robust actual results of placebos, and the complicated yet frequently defeatist methods we outline our actual healthiness, Langer demanding situations the concept the boundaries we imagine and impose on ourselves are actual. With merely refined shifts in our considering, in our language, and in our expectancies, she tells us, we will be able to start to swap the ingrained behaviors that sap well-being, optimism, and energy from our lives. greater imaginative and prescient, more youthful visual appeal, weightloss, and elevated toughness are only 4 of the implications that Langer has demonstrated.

Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative and impressive new paradigm: the psychology of hazard. A hopeful and groundbreaking booklet by way of an writer who has replaced how humans world wide imagine and believe, Counterclockwise is certain to hitch Mindfulness as a typical resource on new-century technological know-how and therapeutic.

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If we suggest a possibility that seems far afield from what is currently known, the burden of proof is on us. ” What the naysayers know is only based on probabilities, which were deduced from a fixed view of what was studied. Just as we can’t prove that something is so in advance of finding out, the naysayers can’t prove that it is not possible. If I had never wondered about what is possible, I never would have conducted the counterclockwise study and never have witnessed the transformative power of our minds.

That’s how strong the illusion of stability—mindlessness—is. We imagine the stability of our mindsets to be the stability of the underlying phenomena, and so we don’t think to consider the alternatives. We hold things still in our minds, despite the fact that all the while they are changing. If we open up our minds, a world of possibility presents itself. There are many cynics out there who are entrenched in their beliefs and hold dear their view of the world as fixed and predictable. There are also people who, while not cynical, are still mindlessly accepting of these views.

As one might expect, permission was granted more when we used the second and third forms of request, since unlike the first, they gave the person ahead of us a reason for the request. What was interesting was that permission was granted equally to those two requests, even though asking to use the Xerox machine because I want to make copies is not much of a reason to allow me to move ahead in line. What else would I use it for? The “because I am in a rush” request had a better rationale for needing to move ahead, but it didn’t result in convincing more people to agree to let us do so.

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