Mindfulness

Description

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 book, her research has been "translated" for the lay reader. 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.

Details

Author(s)
Ellen J. Langer
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
140 x 210 x 17.53mm | 285g
Publication date
22 Jan 1990
Publisher
Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint
Westview Press Inc
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, MA, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0201523418
ISBN13
9780201523416
Bestsellers rank
84,232