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Download Mindfulness Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Mindfulness (Unabridged), by Ellen J. Langer
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen J. Langer Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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