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Posted September 24, 2000
Here is genius on paper.
In my studies over the years, I've often come across references to Langer's research. It is always original and even ground-breaking. And so is this book. It is probably the most thought-provoking book I've ever read. She asks the questions: What makes people do mindless things? And what can we do to prevent ourselves from being mindless as often as we are? Her work doesn't seem to have been influenced by Eastern thinking very much, if at all. It's a new way of looking at the subject, which I suppose is appropriate (it isn't a mindless review of old material). I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I know what works and what doesn't. Langer's suggestions for developing more mindfulness WORK. Two ideas I found especially effective are: 1) the creation of new catagories, and 2) her principle of 'process before outcome.' This is a book well worth reading and re-reading. I highly recommend it.
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