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The Power of Mindful Learning (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Ellen Langer is Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology.
She is recognized as having brought the concept of mindfulness into Western psychology, and has been called "the mother of mindfulness"
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The book also cautions teachers, parents, or any experts in becoming too narrow focused on specific outcomes. It instead brings in the mindful insight that every answer is correct in a specific context. Instead of immediately correcting a seemingly wrong answer (a triangle must have 180 as sum of its angles) it is useful to explore the context with open minded curiosity to understand the context and other perspectives (on a curved surface a triangle has more than 180 as sum of its angles).
Stay curious, approach all work/experience/play/situations with multiple perspectives, don't reject anything until you understand the context from which it emanates, seek to understand the context rather than judge problems and situations.
what I don't like is that the book used many lab experiment but rather than states clearly, it just states the results and the procedure of the experiment to prove her thoughts. Also, some sentences are clearly too presumptuous. In my view, it contrasts her idea of being mindful. CUZ according to her, everything is relative and context-sensitive. We don't know what it right or wrong until we know the context for sure.
Also, I don't know her influence in psychology world. But I doubt she can compete with Vygotsky and Piaget as the comment listed by the contemporary psychology states in the back cover of the book.