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Mindfulness | [Ellen J. Langer]

Mindfulness

Ellen J. Langer, Harvard professor of psychology, determines that the mindless following of routine and other automatic behaviors lead to much error, pain, and a predetermined course of life. In this thought provoking audio book, her research has been "translated" for the lay listener. With anecdotes and metaphors, Langer explains how the mindless (as opposed to the mindful) develop mindsets of categories, associations, habits of thought born of repetition in childhood and throughout schooling.
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Publisher's Summary

Ellen J. Langer, Harvard professor of psychology, determines that the mindless following of routine and other automatic behaviors lead to much error, pain, and a predetermined course of life.

In this thought-provoking audiobook, her research has been "translated" for the lay listener. With anecdotes and metaphors, Langer explains how the mindless (as opposed to the mindful) develop mindsets of categories, associations, and habits of thought born of repetition in childhood and throughout schooling. To be mindful, she notes, stressing process over outcome, allows free rein to intuition and creativity, and opens us to new information and perspectives.

Langer discusses the negative impact of mindsets on business and social relations, showing special concern for the elderly, who often suffer from learned helplessness and lack of options.

Encouraging the application of mindfulness to health, the author affirms that placebos and alternative, mind-based therapies can help patients and addicts move from unhealthy to healthy contexts.

©1989 Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D.; (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp.

What the Critics Say

"A landmark work of social psychology." (Booklist)
"Langer....has shown us the power of mindfulness." (Psychology Today)
"A truly pioneering study of the dangers and damage of mindlessness and loss of control over one's life; for women and men in age, in corporations and/or in the professions." (Betty Friedan)

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    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 05-12-08
    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 05-12-08
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    "Become mindful and set your own course!"

    In this most interesting audiobook, Dr. Langer explains how the mindless following of routine behavior can lead to a predetermined course of life which might be fraught with errors and unhappiness. I found it fascinating and was encouraged to see how once we become mindful and determine our own course of action, we see all of our options and can move on to a much happier, healthier life.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-05-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "The best book about how to see things"

    This book is so much better than my first impression of it. After listening to some really entertaining, glib books dealing with current developments in psychology, this one seemed like a real disappointment. But afterwards it was the ideas from this book and not the others that really stuck with me. Langer shows how really deeply paying attention to things pays off in a better understanding of what we do and how we communicate. She shows how making discrimination is actually a good thing. The PC police have people afraid of making distinctions and discriminating, but it's only superficial distinctions that get us into trouble. Examining things in detail enables us to make distinctions that are meaningful and productive. I wish I could express it better. I wish Langer were a better writer, because that was at the heart of my first impression. The style of the book is very dry and academic. However, she does express herself really well, if you will only take the time and trouble to listen to what she has to say.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arif BlackburnUnited Kingdom 04-19-07
    Arif BlackburnUnited Kingdom 04-19-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Very old hat"

    Really boring delivery and hugely out of date. My worse ever purchase from Audible.

    22 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen L Harrison Kelso, WA, US 12-16-13
    Carmen L Harrison Kelso, WA, US 12-16-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself! my passion is all modalities of art therapy, neuroscience, and indigenous holistic healing, addiction counseling.

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    "Ellen J. Langer usually does much better"
    Would you try another book from Ellen J. Langer and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Yes but I would first want a table of contents


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ellen J. Langer again?

    absolutely


    How could the performance have been better?

    She stated that an abundance of research data and books exist explaining mindfulness. I was left with the impression that Langer felt an "over abundance" existed. I suppose that is why she sparingly touched on mindfulness. I believe a better title for her book would have been "Mindfulness Research and Null Hypothesis Design." Had she devoted more time explaining the dance between mindlessness and mindfulness, with less description of her experimental design and control groups, I would probably have learned more. Also the information regarding nursing home improvements is very dated. I believe she would have graded the talk a C if done be one of her students.


    What character would you cut from Mindfulness?

    Most descriptions of her experiments could have been shortened and balanced with data from multidisciplinary sources.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect her to sound so robotic after reading other of her books that were so engaging and heartfelt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tel Aviv, Israel 06-08-11
    Mark Tel Aviv, Israel 06-08-11
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    "Great book"

    If you buy this, you're gonna find really profound, convincing, and mind changing studies about the way our mind works, how we condition ourselves, how we behave mindlessly in each and every area of our lives. The first step towards a different future is awareness, and this books might definitely help us to become more aware.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James BLUE MOUND, TX, United States 01-20-12
    James BLUE MOUND, TX, United States 01-20-12

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    Where does Mindfulness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to rate this book this way simply because All of the ones I have heard so far are good. It is, however, a great


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is a way for me to confirm and continue to practice the principles of the


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Counterclockwise study. I even purchased the Kindle book of that study.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The overwhelming need we have to maintain control over our own thinking process, especially the truth in the old saying,


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jens Ribe, Denmark 12-12-11
    Jens Ribe, Denmark 12-12-11
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    "Very interesting but not clear cut"
    Would you try another book from Ellen J. Langer and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Mindfulness seems in this book to be everything other than mindlesness. The book doesn't make a clear point but gives loads of interesting examples of mindfulness.


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    Amy Deland, FL, United States 11-22-10
    Amy Deland, FL, United States 11-22-10
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    "Reading for knowledge"

    Very insightful reading. Research studies provide relevant content that makes the text come alive. I challenge anyone to take a look at their own lives and recognize all the mindless behavior in which we engage.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    8/14/08
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    "Really interesting"

    I found this an easy listen and really thought provoking, i enjoyed the fact that its based on lots of grounded research done by the author, its not about eastern philosophical interpretations of mindfullness - so no meditation. Even tho i had to listen to a few of the chapters more than once i'm being more mindful all the time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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