The Power Of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer

The Power Of Mindful Learning

byEllen J. Langer

Paperback | March 17, 1998

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Radical in its implications, this original and important work may change forever the views we hold about the nature of learning. In The Power of Mindful Learning, Ellen Langer uses her innovative theory of mindulness, introduced in her influential earlier book, to dramatically enhance the way we learn. In business, sports, laboratories, or at home, our learning is hobbled by certain antiquated and pervasive misconceptions. In this pithy, liberating, and delightful book she gives us a fresh, new view of learning in the broadest sense. Such familiar notions as delayed gratification, ”the basics”, or even ”right answers”, are all incapacitating myths which Langer explodes one by one. She replaces them with her concept of mindful or conditional learning which she demonstrates, with fascinating examples from her research, to be extraordinarily effective. Mindful learning takes place with an awareness of context and of the ever-changing nature of information. Learning without this awareness, as Langer shows convincingly, has severely limited uses and often sets on up for failure.With stunning applications to skills as diverse as paying attention, CPR, investment analysis, psychotherapy, or playing a musical instrument, The Power of Mindful Learning is for all who are curious and intellectually adventurous.

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Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Harvard University, is the author of Personal Politics (with Carol Dweck), The Psychology of Control, and Mindfulness, which has been published in ten countries. She is also coeditor of Higher Stages of Development and Beliefs, Attitudes and Decision Making. She is the recipient of a G...

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Title:The Power Of Mindful LearningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.68 inPublished:March 17, 1998Publisher:Da Capo Press

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ISBN - 10:0201339919

ISBN - 13:9780201339918

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In business, sports, laboratories, and at home, our learning is hobbled, according to the author, by seven pernicious myths. This original and important new book replaces these beliefs with a concept of mindful or conditional learning, which offers more effective approaches to such skills as CPR, investment, or playing the piano