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Langer, Ellen J., 1947-
Personal Author:
25th anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xxvi, 246 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Merloyd Lawrence book."
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
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The revolutionary book that showed how mindfulness can be applied to every aspect of our lives
The highly innovative findings of social psychologist Dr. Ellen J. Langer and her team of researchers at Harvard introduced a unique concept of mindfulness, adapted to contemporary life in the West. Langer's theory has been applied to a wide number of fields, including health, business, aging, social justice, and learning. There is now a new psychological assessment based on her work (called the Langer Mindfulness Scale). In her introduction to this 25th anniversary edition, Dr. Langer (now known as "the Mother of Mindfulness") outlines some of these exciting applications and suggests those still to come.

Author Notes

Ellen J. Langer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of The Power of Mindful Learning, Counterclockwise, and On Becoming an Artist.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 25th Anniversary Editionp. xiii
1 Introductionp. 3
Part 1 Mindlessnessp. 9
2 When the Light's On and Nobody's Homep. 11
Trapped by Categoriesp. 12
Automatic Behaviorp. 14
Acting from a Single Perspectivep. 18
3 The Roots of Mindlessnessp. 21
The Mindless "Expert"p. 22
The Sacrilegious Poodlep. 24
Mindlessness and the Unconsciousp. 27
Belief in Limited Resourcesp. 29
Entropy and Linear Time as Limiting Mindsetsp. 32
Education for Outcomep. 35
The Power of Contextp. 37
4 The Costs of Mindlessnessp. 45
A Narrow Self-imagep. 46
Unintended Crueltyp. 50
Loss of Controlp. 52
Learned Helplessnessp. 55
Stunted Potentialp. 56
Part 2 Mindfulnessp. 61
5 The Nature of Mindfulnessp. 63
Creating New Categoriesp. 65
Welcoming New Informationp. 68
More Than One Viewp. 70
Control over Context: The Birdman of Alcatrazp. 74
Process Before Outcomep. 76
Mindfulness East and Westp. 79
6 Mindful Agingp. 81
Control and Survivalp. 81
Reversing Memory Lossp. 87
Outgrowing Mindsetsp. 89
Stretching the Limits of Agep. 92
Growth in Agep. 94
Putting Age in Context: An Experimentp. 99
7 Creative Uncertaintyp. 113
Mindfulness and Intuitionp. 114
Creativity and Conditional Learningp. 117
Distinctions and Analogiesp. 127
8 Mindfulness on the Jobp. 131
Welcoming the Glitchp. 132
Second Windp. 133
Innovationp. 136
The Power of Uncertainty for Managersp. 140
Burnout and Controlp. 146
9 Decreasing Prejudice by Increasing Discriminationp. 151
A Patient by Any Other Namep. 153
The Painted Castp. 156
Mindfully Differentp. 158
Disabling Mindsetsp. 162
Discrimination Without Prejudicep. 165
10 Minding Matters: Mindfulness and Healthp. 169
Dualism: A Dangerous Mindsetp. 171
The Body in Contextp. 174
Addiction in Contextp. 180
The Traditional Placebo: Fooling the Mindp. 185
The Active Placebo: Enlisting the Mindp. 188
Epilogue: Beyond Mindfulnessp. 195
Notesp. 203
Indexp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
About the Authorp. 245