Ellen Langer

The Power of Mind Body Unity with Dr. Ellen Langer

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard, author and artist. We talked about mind body unity, the psychology of possibility, why evaluations can make us unhappy and how we can live a more mindful life. Most people don't realize just how powerful their mind really is - it's time to discover the truth!

About Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book, the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, is an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation. It will be published in early 2014.

Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology.

The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”

Dr. Langer has been a guest speaker all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Argentina and China. Her websites can be found at www.langermindfulnessinstitute.com and www.ellenlanger.com.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

0:42 Introducing Dr. Ellen Langer

3:16 The psychology of possibility

  • The counter-clockwise study
  • The chambermaid study

8:55 The healthy mind-body

  • The placebo effect
  • Perceived time

12:43 Chronic illness and mindfulness

14:11 The tendency to evaluate

  • Interpersonal mindfulness

20:00 What mindfulness is

  • The act of engagement
  • Meditation vs mindfulness

25:04 The extent of mindlessness

  • Remembering we don’t know
  • Show Notes

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