LANGER, Ellen J. (2005): On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity. NY: Random House.
Ellen J. Langer is a psychology professor at Harvard, and a painter. The materials in this book come from that double, rich, profile. One of the topics that she addresses with intensity is the blockages that we create inside ourselves as a result of having internalized negative feedback throughout our life. That negative feedback generates negative, self-defeating thoughts, which get in the way of our own hopes, efforts, and talents. Reading this book is tremendously helpful to realize how much of that negative stuff we have incorporated, and how easily we tend to evaluate, compare, criticize, and even reject what we do, and what others do, instead of appreciating it, sharing it, and celebrating it.
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