- Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Anniversary edition (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738217999
- ISBN-13: 978-0738217994
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ellen Langer, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, is the author The Psychology of Control, Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, On Becoming an Artist, and Counterclockwise. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous awards, including the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association.
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I became familiar with Langer's work only through articles that appeared occasionally in the New York Times. I am guilty of thinking, often, that any person featured there is the very best __________ (fill in the blank). I am often disappointed. But not this time.
I have been an on and off (with long periods of off) meditator for 20 years, and I can say with certainty: 1. I never liked it 2. I found this book to be infinitely more helpful with regard to catching my own self defeating patterns.
While this isn't a how-to book, and it doesn't include a list of steps towards Langer's definition of mindfulness (which I should mention is different from Buddhism's in many ways), I immediately learned life-changing strategies for coping with every day stress; I also realized that some of the things in the book, I already do, which offered some insight into why I am resilient in some ways and not in others. To wit, I saw my own psychological traps. This book makes you see the whole world differently, in fact, and I don't think that is an exaggeration.
My criticism of the book lies in the descriptions of some of the experiments, which are boring at best but some of them I just could not comprehend how the conclusions were drawn. A lot of these experiments just didn't make sense to me, and I would have preferred that the methodology only be included in footnotes, not the actual body of the book. In my opinion, the book would be far more interesting to hear Langer expound upon her theories and insights from her research.
Overall, however, this is a phenomenal work, and I cannot imagine that the information here would not be beneficial to everyone, regardless of life stage -- very old or young or some place in between.