In this short entertaining book, Ellen Langer brings the essence of 15 years of original research in social psychology directly to bear on our daily lives. Central to her work is the double-edged concept of mindfulness/mindlessness. When we are mindless, we are like programmed robots, treating information in a single-minded, rigid way. When we are mindful we are alert to the present moment, sensitive to context, and above all freed from the tyranny of old mind-sets. Using amusing anecdotes and a minimum of jargon, the author shows how to avoid the consequences of mindlessness and to reap the benefits of mindfulness - in health, education, work, creativity, overcoming addictions, avoiding burning out, and increasing our control and potential as we grow older.
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"Stretches our minds in startling new directions." -- Howard Gardner"Ellen Langer has succeeded in writing a book that, in one bite, manages to be scientifically interesting, immensely practical, and dramatically absorbing. It is about the mindsets that lead human beings--even the smartest of them--to become stupid and 'mindless.' Its power as drama in demonstrating that mindlessness leads not only to the banality of dullness, but to a giving up of life itself. In a series of fascinating research studies, Dr. Langer demonstrates that the young can be made more creative, the man in charge made more effective, and the elderly kept from giving in to and dying of their age." -- Jerome Bruner, author of" Actual Minds, Possible Worlds""One simply can't finish this book and not see the world in the same way." -- Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School "A provocative, engaging essay on the relation between our mindstates and our actions, by an astute and irrepressible social scientist who obviously enjoys playing with bold ideas." -- Jerome Kagan, Harvard University" " "A landmark work of social psychology." -- "Booklist""Langer. . . .has shown us the power of "mindfulness."" -- "Psychology Today ""Extremely provocative. . . . This book cannot be read mindlessly." -- Robert Abelson, Yale University" """""Female First, 1/18/15"Mindfulness is the book which changed it all."About the Author:
Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Harvard University, is the author of Personal Politics (with Carol Dweck), The Psychology of Control, and Mindfulness, which has been published in ten countries. She is also coeditor of Higher Stages of Development and Beliefs, Attitudes and Decision Making. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous awards including the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest of the American Psychological Association.
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