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Counter Clockwise : Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility (Hardcover) (Ellen J. Langer)

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If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility, can lead to better health–at any age.Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body of colorful and highly original experiments–including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a week as though it was 1959 and showed dramatic improvements in their hearing, memory, dexterity, appetite, and general well-being–Langer shows that the magic of rejuvenation and ongoing good health lies in being aware of the ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues. Examining the hidden decisions and vocabulary that shape the medical world (“chronic” versus “acute,” “cure” versus “remission”), the powerful physical effects of placebos, and the intricate but often defeatist ways we define our physical health, Langer challenges the idea that the limits we assume and impose on ourselves are real. With only subtle shifts in our thinking, in our language, and in our expectations, she tells us, we can begin to change the ingrained behaviors that sap health, optimism, and vitality from our lives. Improved vision, younger appearance, weight loss, and increased longevity are just four of the results that Langer has demonstrated.Immensely readable and riveting, Counterclockwise offers a transformative and bold new paradigm: the psychology of possibility. A hopeful and groundbreaking book by an author who has changed how people all over the world think and feel,Counterclockwise is sure to join Mindfulness as a standard source on new-century science and healing.
A bold new way to think about aging and lifelong health-from the trailblazing social psychologist and author of the bestselling classic Mindfulness

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: opening our minds to what's possible, instead of clinging to accepted notions about what's not, can lead to better health at any age.

Drawing on her own body of colorful experiments-including the first detailed discussion of her landmark 1979 “counterclockwise” study in which elderly men lived for a week as though it was 1959 and seemed to grow younger-and important works by other researchers, Langer proves that the magic lies in being aware of the ways we mindlessly react to cultural cues.

Counterclockwise shows how we can actively challenge these ingrained behaviors by making subtle changes in our everyday lives. Langer describes ways to reorient our attitudes and language in order to achieve better health; she shows us the ways in which our belief in physical limits constrains us; and she demonstrates how our desire for certainty in medical diagnosis and treatment often prevents us from fully exploiting the power of uncertainty.

Scientifically riveting and practically empowering, Counterclockwise holds enormously exciting implications for our general health-including vision, old age, cancer, weight, and heart health-as well as for our fundamental happiness.
Number of Pages: 215.0
Genre: Psychology, Health + Wellness, Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Aging
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Ellen J. Langer
Language: English
Street Date: May 19, 2009
TCIN: 11827101
UPC: 9780345502049
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-5999

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