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Download Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Transformative Power of Possibility Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen J. Langer Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than 30 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 12/26/2013

    " Nothing new for me here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 12/19/2013

    " Great cover blurbs, excellent title, might have been a good magazine article, but is a total waste of a book. Repeats the premise, alludes to one small experiment over and over, and never takes off with either practical or inspirational advice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 11/6/2013

    " A short read containing some v. interesting reports of social psychological experiments with thought-provoking implications. Writing isn't especially engaging; somewhat repetitious, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klbell2 | 9/25/2013

    " This book has an important message. The first chapter discusses some really important ideas. There are tidbits through out that are very interesting but it isn't the best read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Flaherty | 4/20/2013

    " Interesting idea and interesting studies but the book is like twice as long as it needs to be..writing for words is always a bore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Marie | 4/20/2013

    " What if all you knew about aging wasn't correct? Question your assumptions! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caffection Mariah Byron | 11/4/2012

    " Interesting topic. Understanding our ability to exchange our own (mis)beliefs to ones which suit us better can serve us well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 10/26/2012

    " Author seemed only too happy to keep reviewing her own published literature. While I enjoyed the main argument about patients taking control of their own health, the book seem somewhat repetitive and could have been shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 8/5/2012

    " Thought inspiring. Will read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/26/2012

    " Book has interesting insights about recognizing how health is contextual and that by recognizing degrees of personal heath improvement, one can improve one's health. This concept is repeated throughout the book which is why I did not give this book 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Rose | 6/21/2012

    " I can't speak to the science in this book, but I can say that it made me more aware of things that cue my opinions and prime my thinking about aging, disease, and depression. So, five stars for waking up my brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/15/2012

    " Research heavy BUT written in an easy to read fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blake | 3/10/2012

    " Fantastic subject matter and one of the most Buddhist-centric medical books I've read. Though it is highly repetitious and never excels beyond its initial point. Still, I'd highly recommend taking a glance through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/26/2011

    " Interesting studies and concepts but seemed to lack an organizing principle. There were many ideas loaded into each chapter and no real suggestions for application. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Byers | 5/19/2011

    " I don't think that Langer's writing style is the most gripping but I appreciate the information that this book has to offer and I think it can begin a conversation that we can have with ourselves around age and how we choose to engage with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 4/26/2011

    " Nothing new for me here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/6/2010

    " Book has interesting insights about recognizing how health is contextual and that by recognizing degrees of personal heath improvement, one can improve one's health. This concept is repeated throughout the book which is why I did not give this book 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caffection | 9/27/2009

    " Interesting topic. Understanding our ability to exchange our own (mis)beliefs to ones which suit us better can serve us well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klbell2 | 7/12/2009

    " This book has an important message. The first chapter discusses some really important ideas. There are tidbits through out that are very interesting but it isn't the best read. "

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