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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen J. Langer Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781596599161
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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 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, 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/8/2014

    " Not nearly as good as her "mindful learning" book. Just skimmed this. Accretions of case studies and anecdotes don't prove a point. I didn't feel her compassion in this one, either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/1/2014

    " Picked this up for class, but an excellent book about mindfulness (and mindlessness) - being aware of one's mental state and reactions to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/21/2014

    " Published in 1989, this book predates the "mindfulness" craze of late. Hers is from a psychological perspective. I read it years ago...and remember liking it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Kucinski | 1/12/2014

    " One of my favorite books...I read it in graduate school and at the time it changed the way I thought! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Seymour | 1/12/2014

    " Before a lot of people started drawing clumsy Westernizations of Buddhist mindfulness, thisauthor did a ton of research into what she considers mindfulness, presents that research, and spends a thoughtful moment comparing and contrasting it to the Buddhist term. Still only half done, but considering this was published in 1989, it still resonates with sound data and rational conclustions more than many pop best-sellers out today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/6/2014

    " One of the best books till date I have read due to the fact that it cuts a lot of loose talk which is not backed by research to make it a glossy seller like "blink" etc .The book deals with clear facts and stays on the ground with solidly backed experiments done to back every claim of concept made . Love this book for its simplistic approach and has a lot of dedication that has gone into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 12/31/2013

    " Mixing the study of psychology and education, Ellen Langer exposes us to the power of attention. When we change the quality of our attention we change the measurable quantity of our retention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikedariano | 12/31/2013

    " It's a rare book that combines empirical research and self-help and a rarer one that does it well. This book even goes beyond any self help the reader may be looking for and offers concepts to be applied on the micro and macro levels of organizations of all sizes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 12/27/2013

    " It is truly amazing the power the brain has on the physical body. Reading this book reminds you to be aware of your thoughts and the impact they have on your well being, particularly as we age or as we face adversity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philski | 12/18/2013

    " Book was OK, lots of talk about mindfulness along with studies the author had performed but no real advice on how to pursue the ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martinxo | 12/9/2013

    " A good book, free of new-age crap. Langer has written a useful primer for anyone interested in paying more attention to what's actually going on in one's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 6/25/2013

    " Found this irritating. Subtitle should be, "little psychological tricks we like to play on people to show how we're smarter than they are." Left in in airplane seat. Book is 20 years old. I suppose it has more good points than I credit. It isn't about mindfullness like meditation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Gubler | 4/16/2013

    " Outstanding philosophical but also practical guide to being more present in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/22/2012

    " Some interesting ideas & information about mindfulness from a Western standpoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed alkindy | 2/28/2012

    " interesting how we are mindless as much as we are mindfull or if not more. thinking about it, it is scary to be mindless thinking we are mindfull. so the next time you arrive to your office driving , just admire how you reached there. did you think of all the turns you had to take. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/18/2012

    " Not really mind-blowing, but an interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/22/2011

    " Very interesting discussion of mindlessness and mindfulness, and its effects on people's psychology. This is not sensationalized self help sound bites, new age fluff, or zen platitudes. It is relevant and insightful stuff, backed by empirical evidence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Bronson-starnes | 8/17/2011

    " While it was refreshingly straightforward for a required text, I found the plain language slightly disappointing. The statistics on experiments regarding changing your frame of mind were really fascinating, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 6/25/2011

    " So good. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 5/7/2011

    " Not to be confused with the Buddhist kind of mindfulness, although the two have similarities and intersections. I found it worth reading for the prodding to re-examine my world & assumptions in small, daily ways. "

  • 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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About the Author

Ellen Langer, Yale PhD, Harvard Professor of Psychology, artist. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology, and has authored eleven books and over 200 research articles on the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging, decision-making, to name a few of the topics. Each of these is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness. Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new things—the essence of mindfulness—health, well-being, and competence follow. Her bestselling books include Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity, and her most recent book, Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.