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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 book, her research has been "translated" for the lay reader. 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. 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.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Lifelong Books/Da Capo Press, [2010?], c1989
ISBN: 9780201523416
Characteristics: xiv, 234 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Mind-fulness
Call Number: 153.75 LAN


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Jul 14, 2016

I'm sure at the time it was published, this book was groundbreaking.

cmlibrary_jhenry Feb 01, 2016

The original book on mindful studies by Ellen Langer, one of the original researchers of mindfulness in America. It stands as a "classic" in this area and is worth a read by anyone exploring the concept of mindfulness.

cmlibrary_jhenry Dec 22, 2015

A nice replay of the original publication which still contains relevant information on her studies on mindfulness. However, if you have read the original, the 25th anniversary edition adds nothing new outside of the introduction.


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