MINDRAMP PODCAST - FLOURISH AS YOU AGE

REPLACE MINDLESSNESS WITH MINDFULNESS

August 09, 2023 Michael C Patterson Season 3 Episode 30
MINDRAMP PODCAST - FLOURISH AS YOU AGE
REPLACE MINDLESSNESS WITH MINDFULNESS
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In the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of her  important  book, MINDFULNESS (1989), Harvard psychologists Ellen J. Langer makes the following observation.

“In the 1970s, as social psychology was experiencing what was called ‘the cognitive revolution,’ studying the kinds of thoughts people were having, I began to wonder whether people were thinking at all. Decades of research later, I have found that the answer is a resounding ’NO.’  Mindlessness is pervasive. In fact I believe virtually all of our problems - personal, interpersonal, professional, and societal - either directly or indirectly stem from mindlessness.”

Mindlessness is just as prevalent today, in 2023, as it was 50 years ago. What can we do about it? In this podcast I review Langer's prescription for overcoming mindfulness and learning to think more mindfully. 

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Introduction
Langer's quote - "Mindlessness is pervasive."
Three types of mental mistakes
Trapped by Categories
Trapped by automatic behavior
Single perspectives
Mindfulness
Create multiple categories
Be open to new information
Multiple perspectives, changing contexts
Quick summary
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