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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Old School R&B Fool
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
This book is a way for me to confirm and continue to practice the principles of the
The Counterclockwise study. I even purchased the Kindle book of that study.
The overwhelming need we have to maintain control over our own thinking process, especially the truth in the old saying,
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.
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.
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