Is aging a state of mind? Do we age as we do because we are taught since birth that we must grow old, become infirm, and then die? Dr. Ellen Langer thinks our culture, and particularly supposedly knowledgeable professionals, are convincing us of things that are not true. For more about Langer and her research, read two past posts:
- Should we change our assumptions about elders? Do we know as much as we think we do? Should we say no to aging?
- Psychology of possibility: Interview of Ellen Langer about a book my dad just ordered at my recommendation
And here are some articles (all from examiner.com) to make you think about the role your beliefs about aging play in how you grow old.
- Will our thoughts and beliefs enable us to reverse the aging process?
- Can cult group mind control techniques reverse your aging process?
- Is old age our culture's voodoo curse of mental illness?
Take a few minutes to inventory your beliefs about the aging process. Consider your list of beliefs, and ask yourself, "Is that the way I want my growing-old process to be?" If not, you just may want to change what's in your mind.