Unformatted text preview: • Context is a premature cognitive commitment, a mindset • Serious effects of mindlessness: inhibiting self-image, unintended cruelty, loss of control, and stunted potential • A single-minded self-image leaves both individual and corporations dangerously vulnerable (e.g. if wife views herself as husband’s keeper – what happens if he dies?) • Self-induced dependence – loss of confidence after taking a break from something we were once good at • Having a negative label (e.g. dumb) can undermine performance • Falling into a routine instead of making decisions anew each time can cause us to get mindlessly seduced into activities we wouldn’t engage in otherwise • If exposed to multiple reasons for why things are the way they are, then we will likely recover more easily • Feeling like we have no control (leads to) learned helplessness Reading 8: Langer...
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- Fall '09
- Langer Mindlessness, premature cognitive commitment, cognitive commitment Context