The Cartesian dual mind-body construct is often used in the medical world. By contrast, Dr. Ellen Langer’s construct provides examples of mental processes that affect the body, framing a mind-body unity theory. In particular, she suggests what could be defined as “the psychology of possibility”, challenging the status quo and forming the basis for underlying variables in health management. A more mindful perception of health science provides the opportunity to improve perceived control over one’s own health. This idea is supported by results from her research, including those from the seminal Counterclockwise study, in which she suggested that the assumptions of physiological decline in the ageing process is instead a function of one’s mindset. A Langerian perspective of mindfulness is open to possibilities and questions the current point of view about one’s health, representing a new and important way to apply clinical and health psychology concepts.
Pagnini, F., Phillips, D., Health and the Psychology of Possibility, in Fatemi, S. (ed.), Critical Mindfulness, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Cham 2016: 1- 10 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/79261]