Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

When We’re Mindful, We’re Alive.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Ellen Langer, at age 67, is the longest-serving psychology prof at Harvard. What she is best known for is studies which have shown that people can make marked physical changes, improving health, reversing aging effects, etc. in response to mental suggestions, which she calls primes. The New York Times Magazine just published an article about […]

Bad Advice: Tell Yourself, “This feels good.”
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on November 12th, 2013

Last week (Nov 6 to be precise) the NY Times published an article with the headline Keep Telling Yourself: “This Workout Feels Good.” This is a prime example of what I call ┬áthe Western Industrial Exercise Complex. The article’s main message was that if you practice exhortatory self-talk you’ll get better at enduring unpleasantness while […]